Bill, while I appreciate the work you are doing here, I really have to say that this doesn’t put a very good light on WD.
All these problems WD is having with getting the MB World in a workable state again doesn’t shed a very good light on the lifetime of the device - is the MB World becoming legacy soon? Is it a product that will be phased out in a few weeks anyway?
Granted, WD does have a competitive advantage as no other NAS vendor has a product on the market that could compete with the MB World/Live family in price for the same feature-set. But the MB World is still on sale at many shops, is still regarded as a product with a very decent value for the price, not taking the available optware extensions into account.
Me personally, I can’t rely on hacks or other ways to make my drive workable again. So I’ve been like a sitting duck here, not willing to risk my drive and its data by downgrading the firmware and waiting for a fix for the fix.
Considering that I could’ve been able to get timemachine running again by installing a more recent netatalk version via optware, bypassing the firmware update entirely, this is even more frustrating.
So what you got here is an official firmware breaking an otherwise functioning product for a lot of users, who are gathering on these forums with many more just reading along, not wanting to jump through the hoops of registering just to say “yeah I suffer from this too”.
I’d really appreciate if the exact problem could be communicated much more openly, making the actual progress of the new firmware a more transparent effort. Would it really hurt to tell us the technical details of what the actual problem looks like (having an IT degree with specialisation in network technology I’d really like to know what those ‘timing issues’ are that make the network interface not being able to renew its DHCP lease), what the engineers are trying to do to fix it and how far we are into the testing phase? I for one could just refresh the respective thread once a day and get at least the feeling that the problem is really being worked on with the utmost effort.