[Letux-kernel] [Gta04-owner] New LetuxOS Kernels and some tricks and thoughts

H. Nikolaus Schaller hns at goldelico.com
Tue May 21 12:02:06 CEST 2019


Hi Jonas,

> Am 21.05.2019 um 11:00 schrieb Jonas Smedegaard <jonas at jones.dk>:
> 
> First of all, congratulations with the progress!

Thanks!

> 
> 
> Quoting H. Nikolaus Schaller (2019-05-21 10:22:50)
>> BTW, here is another trick: You may (not) know that LetuxOS images 
>> created by makesd come rooted. This means you can simply ssh as root 
>> into the device without password check. This is quite helpful for 
>> developers and debugging.
> 
> A password-less network-accesible backdoor maybe unknown to the system 
> owner sounds dangerous to me: I recommend documenting that very clearly 
> (at least) everywhere passwords are currently menioned in documentation.

Yes, please feel free to document it in the Wiki.

> 
> 
>> On a very general view, we have achieved a lot, but still not enough 
>> to get the LetuxOS eco-system into a self-sustaining mode. What is 
>> lacking?
>> 
>> * users are missing because software is not good enough for daily use
>> * hardware is missing because potential users complain about missing 
>>  high-quality software
>> * developers to polish the software are missing, because of missing 
>>  (new) hardware
>> 
>> You see the vicious circle? Ideas how to magically break it?
> 
> Contributing as certified OSHW your own work on designing hardware helps 
> encourage developers contributing to getting the devices supported in 
> mainline linux and u-boot.
> 
> Getting bootloader and kernel code mainlined encourage distributors 
> integrate and maintain support the the devices in their distributions.
> 
> Having devices supported in distributions helps users prioritize the 
> devices over other (lesser free) options available to them.

This seems to assume that LetuxOS is not itself a distribution.

So what do you think would help users to prioritize LetuxOS over other
distributions?

BR,
Nikolaus



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