hostname: Name or service not known

This error is caused by the file /etc/hostname being empty,  unreadable, corrupted

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Update Samsung Galaxy tab 7 aka GT-P1000 codename P1 to 2.2.3 and Get it Rooted

First: if you are here it’s because you feel that something is wrong with mobile phones, you are close, now: take a look here http://www.gnu.org/philosophy/android-and-users-freedom.html

This is just the beginning, and it seems to be a mandatory step in order to run Cyanogenmod 11 on my Galaxy tab and get rid of malicious Samsung backdoor(s).

the procedure involves an update to Android 2.2.3 in order to be able to properly run Clockwork recovery.

But what I did is putting all together (both the upgrade and the clockwork recovery) so it will be very easy for me to redo the process and for my neighbours to do the same as me in order to get rid of a couple of backdoors well documented on the Free Software Foundation website.

You can trust me or not for downloading the needed files. Personally I don’t trust the source I had these files from as the files were encrypted and available on gdrive.  I used the one linked from the Cyanogenmod wiki page on GT-P1000 and just in order to install Cyanogenmod over it… but I found weird that they are encrypted.
I downloaded packages from here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iI79j97R4qw and as you can see my question about why encrypting files is still unanswered.
Why encrypting a zip file if not for avoiding gdrive to scan it for viruses? The best option at this point for me is repeating the entire process starting from the stock image (replacing just the kernel image), the one you get either when you buy the tab or when you do the latest firmware update available. At least that case we will be sure that it will contain just the back-door from Samsung and Google proprietary software. This very case what I needed was the Clockwork recovery in order to install Cyanogenmod.

Download here needed FIles from my Gdrive account.

Simply extract the zip archive into a folder, `cd` into that folder and use the command line below (this is mainly for me so I won’t struggle again if I need it again).

Last words i would like to spend about this is: I haven’t installed gapps as I don’t really need them. Why? Because I already have a browser and all those application are nothing else that browsers but with two more facets: first of all of them have so called helpers, which make those browsers more convenient to use) think about authentication and graphical optimization compared to usual mobile phone or tablet browser) Second: the can contain more than you need to run properly those web-services, they could contain back-doors triggered by so called push notifications. Basically nothing easier for criminal who want to steal your data.

So how to install an application for your new  fresh installed cyanogenmod?

Simple use F-droid and nothing else.

To complete this you need Heimdall. I used the Ubuntu version, so cmd parameters may differ with other operating systems version an from future version for this operating system.

Terminal command (please note that Heimdall for mac uses one single dash for distinguishing options instead on Ubuntu it uses two dashes):

heimdall flash --repartition --CACHE cache.rfs --DBDATAFS dbdata.rfs --FACTORYFS factoryfs.rfs --pit gt-p1000_mr.pit  --IBL+PBL boot.bin --MODEM modem.bin --PARAM param.lfs --SBL Sbl.bin --SBL2 Sbl.bin --KERNEL zImage --RECOVERY zImage --HIDDEN hidden.rfs --MOVINAND movinand.mst --verbose

After this you can easily install Cyanogenmod about which I will type a new post next weekend. I know it’s an old device but it’s still not bad at all and I think a lot of people could be interested in this.

Giuseppe

 

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I was just thinking about buying a Chromebook.

I think I need a netbook.

chromebooks

Speaking about Linux on Desktop and Laptop Computers…

Video of Linus Torvalds About Linux on Desktop pc – youtube (new tab).

Well thanks Linus Torvalds for this unwanted advice for me and for all potential chromebook customers.
What now? Probably Lenovo, or something cheaper. Any case the operating system “will be” or “will be replaced with”: Debian.

The problem is:

I spend 1.5 (decimal) hour to go to the office in Amsterdam and the way back.
I would really like to invest this time to do some reading, or managing small things using a vpn, or just check the new email (i receive hundreds email a day) without having to do it with the cell phone, which is very useful but if nobody uses a smartphone or a tablet (excluding momentary fanatisms) on the desk in place of a laptop or a desktop pc there must be some reason.

The first is the poor display: I mean it could have a billion pixels, but who cares? If you have to read on something which is as big as a marlboro pack , who really cares.

Second reason: the phiscal keyboard. You cannot ask me to type for more than few sentences with a touchscreen keyboard, c’mon. It’s a torture even on a tablet. Most of us have probably already found their own way with touchscreens but I want real keys.

For these reasons (and because my Laptop and my Macbook are too big and heavy), I want a netbook, so I can have a physical keyboard, a display with a desktop manager and I can type and read comfortably on the train or in the metro, It’s a little more heavy than a cellphone, it has no mobile connectivity but for this reason the cellphone will be used as hot-spot when in non wifi areas.

The big BUT

But this will never replace a real pc and for this reason it should not require a big expense of money. This is what yuo have to take into account unless you want a very small powerful Ultrabook (this case you have to invest almost three time the price of a normal netbook). Which is a good thing if you want to carry around your own machine and possibly using a docking station you will not notice the difference whit a normal machine when you will be in the office. But this case you will probably replace your working machine.

P.s.

While writing this post to share my thought, I just realized that I have already a laptop with a docking station from a decent company, Dell, which ,if I’m not wrong, produces net-book as well. In this case I will check first if there is any chance to take advantage of inherited hardware (which is very powerful but difficult to be carried around) and manage to move towards a Net book or Ultra-book, using them with a docking station.

Giuseppe

 

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