Monday, February 11, 2008

Slackware 12.0 on a Nortel Contivity 1010

My company recently de-installed and discarded dozens of these little Nortel Contivity 1010 VPN devices. I pulled one apart and discovered it's basically a tiny Intel Celeron PC with no keyboard/mouse interface, one serial console port, and two 10/100 Ethernet ports. I decided it would be fun to get Linux to run on one so I could play with it... maybe use it as a small firewall, router, or OpenVPN endpoint.

I built a stripped-down install of Slackware-12.0 with Linux kernel The install includes (amongst other things):

  • OpenSSL

  • OpenSSH

  • OpenVPN

  • iptables

  • dnsmask

  • dhcpcd

For more information, and the distribution, see my project page at:


  1. Is it possible to send "Slackware 13.0 on a Nortel Contivity 1010.tar" file to my e-mail

  2. Huh. The link is broken. Oops.

    Seriously, though. This is *really old*. I'd recommend just buying a Raspberry Pi. ;)