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Comment Re:Mail Server on both ends (Score 1) 268

Solved problem from the 1970's. Answer: UUCP.

I suspect that NASA doesn't run servers on the ISS though. Their computer model seems to be ancient, proprietary, space-hardened embedded stuff for mission critical needs, and a pile of disposable laptops for crew needs. That's probably crippling their network infrastructure in many ways.

Comment teh lolz (Score 5, Informative) 160

Here is the actual code from the bootdeb script.

I particularly like how init is "started" before the kernel is "booted". The "automounter" is also a nice touch. It's also impressive how the kernel boots in exactly 1 second every time.

echo "Custom Linux Pseudo Bootstrapper V1.0 - by Mark Walker"
echo "WEB: http://www.androidfanatic.com/"
echo "EML: admin@androidfanatic.com"
echo " "
sleep 1
echo "Starting init process"
sleep 1
echo "INIT: Debian booting....."
sleep 1
echo "Running Linux Kernel"
sysctl -w net.ipv4.ip_forward=1
sleep 1
echo "AutoMounter started"
sleep 1
echo "Type EXIT to end session"
echo "Make sure you do a proper EXIT for a clean kill of Debian!"
echo " "

chroot $mnt /bin/bash

On the other hand, my prediction re debootstrap was wrong. Rather than just use the shell script as designed, the creator of this thing ships an entire pre-built debian system that's chrooted into. Amusingly, this includes a root/.bash_history showing every command he ran while setting it up. (It also includes 104 mb of cached debs in /var, etc.)

Anyway, very amusing.

Comment this is just debootstrap (Score 3, Insightful) 160

All the video shows is debootstrap being run in a terminal on, presumably, a G1 phone.

Since debootstrap is a shell script that builds a debian chroot and is designed to be run on any linux system, that is not a significant accomplishment, is it?

That's the "installer" portion. The "bootloader" portion would appear to consist of something like:

#!/bin/sh
chroot /debian

Anyway, it's nice to see interest in running Debian on these devices, I guess..

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