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===July 2014===
 
===July 2014===
Video/audio was not recorded.  
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[http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=16R-001B-00004 Newegg listing]
  
First, Yancey provided a demo of [http://distrowatch.com/table.php?distribution=artistx ArtistX]. It is an Ubuntu-based bootable DVD containing many free multimedia software packages for audio, 2D and 3D graphics, and video production.
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MK808 (a [http://androidtvnews.com/mk808b-faqs/ FAQ] for MK808b but may be a good start for the uninitiated)
  
Later, Mike Major showed a MK808 device. It is an "Android TV Stick". The main electrical specs are:
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Wireless is pretty bad on these units. If you are in the same room as the AP, it might work. However, speeds will be slow. There are several purported [http://www.freaktab.com/showthread.php?2969-MK808-Wifi-Antenna-fix!-VIDEO-to-help-you-do-it! fixes]for this which include a soldering gun. I was not successful. There are 1 or 2 USB ethernet adapters which have kernel modules included. You can't but just any adapter that will work for linux; I tried.
*Rockchip RK3066 Dual Core Cortex A9 Processor
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*Quad Core Mali 400 Open GL GPU
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*1GB DDR3 RAM
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*8GB NAND Flash Internal Storage
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*802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi (USB 3G Dongle support not included)
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*2.4Ghz wireless remote keyboard and mouse supported
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Here is a [http://androidtvnews.com/mk808b-faqs/ FAQ] for MK808b, which may be a good start for the uninitiated.
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[http://www.freaktab.com/forumdisplay.php?113-MK-Models-MK808-802-etc&s=3c425c0e8bd18ee5f4f78724baee2b99 Freaktab] is the place to get a rooted ROM. The section "Android TV Player Support" is what you want. This is a RK3066 SoC device.
  
Wireless is pretty bad on these units (mainly due to poor manufacturing quality). If you are in the same room as the AP, it might work. However, speeds will be slow. There are several purported [http://www.freaktab.com/showthread.php?2969-MK808-Wifi-Antenna-fix!-VIDEO-to-help-you-do-it! fixes] for this which include do a soldering gun. I was not successful due to the extremely small wire gage. I chose to go with USB Ethernet instead and disable wireless in "Settings". There are 1 or 2 USB Ethernet adapters for which Android has kernel modules included. Use one with the ASIX AX88772 chipset. [http://www/pluggable.com Pluggable.com] sells the USB2-E100 model that works.
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I don't recommend the [https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.zpwebsites.linuxonandroid Complete Linux Installer]. I tried it about 1 year ago. It took a lot of work (hacking) to get Arch to run. I didn't know any better at the time so I thought that was "State of the Art". I tried [https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=ru.meefik.linuxdeploy Linux Deploy] after fighting too much with the previous one. I really recommend Linux Deploy. It is highly polished; has good options; supports startup scripts. Overall I think it is very good.  
 
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[http://www.freaktab.com/forumdisplay.php?113-MK-Models-MK808-802-etc&s=3c425c0e8bd18ee5f4f78724baee2b99 Freaktab] is the place to get a rooted ROM. The section "Android TV Player Support" is what you want. There are several versions of Android available.
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I don't recommend the [https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.zpwebsites.linuxonandroid Complete Linux Installer]. I tried it about 1 year ago. It took a lot of work (hacking) to get Arch to run. I didn't know any better at the time so I thought that was "State of the Art". I tried [https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=ru.meefik.linuxdeploy Linux Deploy] after fighting too much with the previous one. I really recommend Linux Deploy. It is highly polished; has good options; provides step-by-step install; supports startup scripts and partition mounting. Overall I think it is very good. Root access is needed.  
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I use [https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.icecoldapps.sambaserver Samba Server] from Ice Cold Apps. I think it works well. On a rooted device there is no need for port forwarding. It can be set to auto-start on boot.
 
I use [https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.icecoldapps.sambaserver Samba Server] from Ice Cold Apps. I think it works well. On a rooted device there is no need for port forwarding. It can be set to auto-start on boot.
  
Some people are loading XBMC on the device.
 
 
/data is not mounted at boot time when the custom init.d scripts are run. If you are making an init.d script to mount something there at startup, it won't work. 
 
  
There is no systemd support on Android. If you want a linux distro that uses systemd for init, you will have to maintain your own service start-up scripts.  
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/data is not mounted at boot time when the custom init.d scripts are run. I suffered that gotcha for a long time.  
  
[http://www.rsnapshot.org/ rsnapshot] is a good light duty remote backup solution. It is based on rsync. Use SSH key-based authentication for unattended backups.
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Show the init.d script location and content. Not bash; must be Google's own scripting language.
  
USB hard drives work just fine. Partitions formatted with FAT32 will be auto mounted by Android (just like a USB flash drive). ext2/3/4 partitions are supported for read/write but they will not be auto mounted. Drives/partitions will show up as /dev/block/sd[x] (as opposed to /dev/sd[x]).
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There is no systemd on Android. If you use a linux distro that defaults to systemd (like Arch), you will have to make your own start-up scripts. I hit that with cronie. i did an update and the rc.d script was removed for cronie so it wouldn't start any more. I had to create my own script.  
  
USB hubs work fine. A powered hub might be recommended depending on the devices attached and the associated current draw. A hub with a wifi catcher for a wireless keyboard/mouse, a powered external hard drive and a ethernet adapter works fine unpowered in my use case.
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[http://www.rsnapshot.org/ rsnapshot] is a good light duty remote backup solution. It is based on rsync. It works good for me. Use SSH key-based authentication for best results.
  
 
===June 2014===
 
===June 2014===

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