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How to use this site

This site is mostly oriented towards heavy-duty Linux users. We're talking the kind that thinks package management is for newbies. Therefore, each DroboApp page isn't really geared towards the end-user, although we try accomodate those as well.

In other words, what is offered here is the lowest level possible of instructions to get from the source code (of both application and libraries) all the way to packaging the binaries as DroboApps. This means also instructions on how to setup the compiling environment, and how to move the packaged DroboApps from the VM to the Drobo.

With that being said, not everyone has the time to start the procedure from scratch. Therefore, at the bottom of each DroboApp page there will be a links to subpages for each device, which will contain the final package as a TGZ file and some additional instructions to install and configure each app.

Most of the time, it is just a matter of downloading the TGZ file, copying it in the DroboApps share of your DroboFS/Drobo5N, and rebooting the Drobo.

All the DroboApps are packaged in a way that makes them as ready-to-go as possible, many will just work out-of-the-box, without any further configuration. The section "Configuration" indicates further steps, if necessary.

What should I install on my Drobo5N/DroboFS?

It depends on what you want to do with it. If you are a command-line fellow, then start with OpenSSH, bash, wget (this version includes SSL support). After that have a look at the other command-line utilities. If you need to remote admin the Drobo, you might want to install OpenVPN and Puppet. Developers will be interested in git.

Both the Drobo5N and the DroboFS make for pretty decent torrent/newsgroup downloader boxes. Have a look at rtorrent, transmission and nzbget. If you are thinking about automating your downloads, you'll probably also need Lighttpd, PHP, and Python (and some of the Python modules too). These are fairly large DroboApps and might be a little complicated to setup, so head on to the DroboSpace forums to get some help.

While the DroboFS is a pretty capable file/media server, the Drobo5N is an excellent choice. You can host your own content or blog using Apache and MySQL (use a Drobo5N for an optimal performance). If you want to access it over the internet, ProFTPd seems to be the best FTP server available. If you are in an Unix environment (*BSD, Linux, Mac OS X), you might want to get the kernel version of the NFS server. If you are looking to stream media to TVs/DVD players/set-top boxes/Android devices, then minidlna is the app for you. Unfortunately, due to Apple's restrictive policies and DRM schemes, there isn't a good solution to serve Apple media (movies in particular) available so far.

Finally, both the Drobo5N and the DroboFS are the perfect backup destinations. If you are a Linux user, then you might wanna pickup the latest rsync. If you are using a firmware < 1.2.x and cannot upgrade to the latest version, then you can install the latest netatalk to have Time Machine support for Mac OS X Lion and up. The crashplan client can backup your Drobo5N/FS to the cloud.

I need an app that is not here

Do you have an idea for a good DroboApp candidate? Then drop us a message on our Google Plus page. You can also hire us for consulting work on how to port your app to the DroboFS and Drobo5N.