Well, Firestarter never had worked well for me in the past and this time was no exception. I wish there was a simpler way to use iptables to route traffic without managing an entire firewall… oh wait, network manager in Debian Squeeze works fine! Alright then, time to switch.
I used the same procedure of building the image on my PC then writing it in one sweep to the flash card. Only this time I used VirtualBox because it works better and I found a command to convert the image to a raw file later on.
- Install Debian Squeeze from net-install cd
- Used ext3 and a swap partition even though ext2 and noswap would be a better option for an SSD/CF card, oh well!
- Set it up with grub and only the base-programs. No ‘desktop workstation’ this time, I wanted to slim down.
- Rebooted into the system
- Added contrib and non-free repos to apt’s sources.list
- Installed gnome-core, transmission, network-manager, htop, iceweasel (if not already installed), file-roller, firmware-ralink, iplist (may have to download and install seperately – used for ipblocker)
- Freenx on Squeeze doesn’t work right because the version from the Ubuntu repo want’s Ubuntu’s ‘upstart’ init system which would replace Debian’s init system. In light of this, I switched to using x2go, a similar program.
- Add the x2go repo to debian’s sources.lst (deb http://x2go.obviously-nice.de/deb/ lenny main ) The repo seems to work with all debians (squeeze worked fine, I also tried on debian 9.10 and it worked as well)
- Installed x2goserver-home
- Tested communication and hoped it worked – it did!
- Installed hamachi and set it to auto-start on bootup and make sure it’s logged in hourly via cron
- Set up the clock to use ntp by installing the ntp package. The system did the rest
- While I didn’t have to make a script to set the hwclock on shutdown this time, it might not be a bad idea in the future (see previous post)
- Didn’t have to stop GDM from coming up as gnome-core doesn’t have gdm
/etc/dhcp3/dhclient.conf and added "
send host-name "MYHOSTNAMEHERE"; so that it would report properly to my router
- Made sure to apt-get clean
- Append noresume to the grub boot line to save boot time
- Shut down the VM and convert the VDI to a RAW img so I can write it to a CF card ( VBoxManage clonehd –format RAW IMAGENAME.vdi IMAGENAME.img )
- Took my RAW file and copied it to my CF card (dd if=AILX.raw of=/dev/NAMEOFCFCARDHERE
- Plugged everything in and tried it out
- Works like a charm!
Let’s just hope that the routing portion works this time… I’ll post back in a bit
PS. Once installed I also setup the second ethernet to a static IP so I could always plug in to the computer and get my x2go desktop if I couldn’t get to it via hamachi. I used network manager but it might not work – we’ll see if I have to manually set options in the interfaces file or not.