Firmware 6.0.8 just became available for the x86 based Netgear NASes. Interestingly enough, it is called “firmware” version, but to me (and others familiar with electronics and embedded systems) a firmware is low-level software running directly on the CPU/MCU. Maybe there are such components in the Netgear firmware too, but most part seems to be just updates to the NAS’ Linux environment (or more specifically: to the Debian Wheezy packages).
Anyway, that’s mainly semantics. My worry was that the upgrade would overwrite the 3rd party software I had previously installed (htop, tmux and CrashPlan).
Turns out there was no need to worry. All three works flawlessly also after the “firmware” upgrade. Nice.
If you spend any time at all at the command prompt in OSX or other Linux-ish systems, tmux is a must. Basically it gives you persistent shell sessions, once using it you’ll wonder how you ever got by without it…
For OSX the easiest way to get tmux is via (the also excellent) Homebrew. After installing Homebrew, just do a
brew install tmux
from a OSX prompt (you ARE using iTerm2, right? …Rather than OSX’s rather horrible built-in Terminal app…?)
Add to the mix the nice Bash replacement Fish, which gives you all sorts of command line goodness (color coding, auto-completion, …). Very nice!