One of the best things I did with my QNAP TS-119 NAS was installing Debian onto it. The software on my QNAP was excellent for a NAS, but I knew the hardware could be more than just a NAS. I wanted the box to be a full GNU/Linux server. Fortunately Debian fully supports the QNAP TS 11x series and has a really nice and well documented installer.
You can install Debian by following the link below. Installation is very smooth, and I have only some small remarks.
- You don't need a USB stick to save the backup of the original firmware. Just save it somewhere on the HD and use a gFTP SSH connection to copy the backup to your local HD.
- The default root directory format is EXT3. I changed this to EXT4. (used defaults for /boot and swap).
- The default software configuration does not include a SSH server. This puzzled me. SSH is the only way to connect to my box. Add the SSH server to the software that must be installed.
- Installing Debian on QNAP TS-11x devices.