I was a happy user of a My Book World Edition whose internal disk gloriously failed some weeks ago. I decided to buy a new My Cloud device, because it has interesting features like an OS based on Debian Wheezy and a dual core CPU. However, I am very disappointed by this device until now.
Apart from some actual problems with the stock firmware functions, I’m desperately trying to install the software *I* want on this box (after all, it should be *MY* cloud!!!) but:
- if you try to use the system as a real Debian system, you’ll get into endless troubles: the apt package system is severly messed up by WD software; if you try to install packages (I even took care to set wheezy-only repositories in /etc/apt/sources.list, since the default setup seems to mix packages from wheezy and jessie… ) it’s highly probable that they won’t install (post-inst scripts fail, for instance) or that they will simply not start (“Killed”) is the only output I often get from commands…); also, apt-get prints an endless list of packages for which it doesn’t find installed files, suggesting something is really broken; I even read messages from people who tried to fix that and ended up with an almost totally bricked device with no WD software installed anymore…
- then I decided to install Optware on it, thinking that in this way I may leave *my* installed software completely isolated from the one coming from WD (a bit sad, honestly, if you think that we may enjoy a full Debian system… anyway); but I tried both feeds cs08q1armel and cs05q1armel and even if the installation seems to go fine, in the end running “ipkg” produces just the usual laconic “Killed” output…
I searched the Internet a lot to find advanced user experiences with this device, but while a lot of stuff can be found regarding previous devices like the My Book World or the My Book Live, very few is available for the My Cloud.
I’m getting really nervous now, because the feeling that I have thrown away my money is high.
Was anyone successful at installing Optware on this device? Can anyone have an idea on how to make ipkg work?
Thanks in advance,
P.S.: I know this kind of usage is not supported by WD, but I find it really disappointing that they can’t provide a solution that does not mess up the whole system. Why don’t they just provide packages on top of the standard Debian ones, like OpenMediaVault does?? If the intent is to avoid people to brick they’re devices, in this way they obtain the exact opposite result!!