I have a couple of older CE-560 units with ACNS 5.3 on them. Previous versions of ACNS, from what I have been told, had an actual linux command line capabilities. In the version I have now these seem to only allow Cisco proprietary commands.
Here is my question. Does anyone know of a method to maybe use these devices to run something other than the ACNS software? I was thinking that if I was able to install either Linux or FreeBSD I could use these as a firewall, Snort IDS, and even better a network attached storage units. I see opening up the units there is 1 PCI slot, and what appears to be an IDE connector, although I have yet to really take a closer look to see if anything can in fact be used.
Basically can these units have a dual-use? I know some Linksys wifi routers are popular because people have been able to install Linux. But before I possibly waste a lot of time I would like to know first if I will be going on a pointless adventure.