I don’t know if you have found the info you were looking for, but for what it’s worth, here is some interesting info from dmesg:
Mar 4 13:33:25 DroboFS kernel: Using UBoot passing parameters structure
In other words, yes it is a UBoot scheme.
Mar 4 13:33:25 DroboFS kernel: Kernel command line: console=ttyS0,115200 mtdparts=cfi_flash_0:3m@1m(kernel),21m@4m(root_fs),2m@59m(var) root=/dev/mtdblock1 rw cpu0=eth0,eth2,eth3,pcie0,pcie1,sata,nand,spi,usb0,usb1,usb2,tdm cpu1=eth1,nor,xor ip=169.254.1.0:169.254.123.234:::DB78xx0:eth0:none
How cool is that? CPU 0 handles almost everything, CPU 1 does only NOR and XOR.
Mar 4 13:33:25 DroboFS kernel: Memory: 512MB 0MB 0MB 0MB = 512MB total
Mar 4 13:33:25 DroboFS kernel: Memory: 188800KB available (2984K code, 255K data, 108K init)
Well I’ll be damned. The FS has 512 MB of RAM, and could potentially be expanded to 2 GB. We have to find out whether or not it is actually feasible to do so, or if they are surface mounted.
Mar 4 13:33:25 DroboFS kernel: Marvell Development Board (LSP Version 2.0.2_Patch1_MV78XX0)-- DB-MV78200-A-BP Soc: MV78200 LE
Found it! Confirmed 800 MHz processor dual-core processor.
Mar 4 13:33:26 DroboFS kernel: mice: PS/2 mouse device common for all mice
What? The FS supports PS/2 mice?
Mar 4 13:33:26 DroboFS kernel: device=eth0, addr=169.254.1.0, mask=255.255.0.0, gw=255.255.255.255,
Mar 4 13:33:26 DroboFS kernel: host=DB78xx0, domain=, nis-domain=(none),
Mar 4 13:33:26 DroboFS kernel: bootserver=169.254.123.234, rootserver=169.254.123.234, rootpath=
It seems the FS can always be reached under the IP 169.254.123.234/16.
So, what do we take away from this? It seems that the DroboFS has a very, very similar hardware to the Buffalo Linkstations. In fact, if you search for some of the messages from dmesg, you’ll find threads like this one. This is great news, since most Buffalo devices have been throughly investigated and most, if not all, have been reflashed to support stock distros, like Debian.
I have an old Linkstation Live v2 running Debian Squeeze. It works perfectly. I would love to have a DroboFS running Debian Squeeze too. Time will tell.