After 5 years of great service it was time to replace my Soekris net5501-70 by a new net6501-70.
I tried to install Ubuntu 14.04 via USB, but the Soekris wouldn’t boot from my Kingston Datatraveler USB stick.
It seems the Soekris is rather picky on the USB stick. This is what you don’t want to see:
comBIOS ver. 1.41c 20121115 Copyright (C) 2000-2011 Soekris Engineering. net6501 2048 Mbyte Memory CPU Atom E6xx 1600 Mhz SATA AHCI BIOS ver. 0.61 20121115 Copyright (C) 2003-2011 Intel Corporation Controller Bus#02, Device#06, Function#00: 02 Ports, 02 Devices Port-00: Hard Disk, INTEL SSDMCEAC060B3 Port-01: Hard Disk, WDC WD10JPVX-80JC3T0 Soekris USB Expansion ROM ver. 1.01 20111203 82: USB 01 Xlt -2-32 Mbyte
At 82 you see the USB stick isn’t properly discovered. This is what it should look like:
Soekris USB Expansion ROM ver. 1.01 20111203 82: USB 01 General UDisk Xlt 994-255-63 7988 Mbyte
That shows t he USB stick is detected properly and you can now install Ubuntu! Simply dd a ISO to the USB stick.