Ep-023Listener Feedback

Richard Gordon:
Asks about using a single home directory for multilple distros
Honkeymagoo replied:
Matt McGraw did an HPR episode on this subjuect and also did write up of it for Knightwise.com
Going Linux epidsode 229- Dual Booting Advanced

Chris Harris:
Asked about possibly using a RPI or other low powered devices for a firewall.
Chris, this has come up on KernelPanicOggcast.net. JLindsay was of the opinion a Pi could be a bottle neck as the single network interface is actually connected to the slower USB bus. Of course, the required second NIC would have to be on the USB anyway. A better option might be the BannaPi model B, which was designed to be a router, or an ODroid C1 from hardkernel.com. Another consideration is that I’ve not heard of any firewall distribution, like mOnOwall, being ported to ARM, so you might have to use ipTables. -5150

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Debian NoRoot for Android

Debian NoRoot ( https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.cuntubuntu&hl=en ) install a working Debian desktop running XBMC inside an app, and as the name implies, does not require root, but must be installed on internal storage. It installs under a compatibility layer, which differs from an emulator in the the host must be running compatible hardware and from a virtual machine in that a compatibility layer uses binaries from the underlying OS wherever possible.

The first time you run the app after installation, it will ask you to comfirm that you really want to download 600Mb of files necessarry to run the app and warns you it will take some time. The second time the app is run you will have to wait until the files are extracted,then you will se an XFCE desktop. The desktop is not touch aware, so you use the whole screen as a touchpad to move the mouse. A single tap on the screen is left mouse click, a two finger tap is a right mouse click, and a two finger drag is a scroll. Bringing up the virtual keyboard obscures half the desktop, so a Bluetooth keboard and mouse would be recomended. If you want sound support, there is script on the desktop to install another 100Mb of binaries. By default, there are no pawwords, but you go have user and root terminals. I’ve seen comments that recomend you install packages with apt-get as Synaptic can be unstable.

As you might expect, very few applications are included, in fact they are pretty much limited the teminals, Synaptic, and Thunar (the file manager does have access to the internal SD as well as the virtual hard disk. You will have to install your own browser. I have installed openssh-server, but external connections are refused, probably because of the lack of user passwords (I didn’t want to change passwords until after this show). I was able to install Mumble, but the Play Store page says all audio is laggy, so while I may try it during the show, I don’t expect much.


SteamOS Beta Requirements

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