Earlier this month playdude made an interesting comment on the WDTV Live firmware development page. It intrigued me and I brought up the debian guide on debbootstrap, but never really went into it much further…Until a user on wdtvforum, Bob, went through the process and posted his results. Now Debian on the WDTV Live was back at my attention. I brought up the firefox window that had been sitting alone (yes, still) on an unused desktop awaiting my return. What was the next rational step you wonder? WDTV Live booting right into Debian of course
I started out by debbootstrap’ing a mounted ext2 root.bin to Lenny, then copied in every file that makes up wdlxtv–so that, you know, in addition to just running Debian we can also view videos and stuff Once I had the root.bin produced it took a bit of debugging and a couple small tweaks to get everything working, but its pretty stable now. The root.bin is 1GB, so be prepared when unzipping it. This firmware does not flash itself, instead it runs ‘live’.
NOTE: If you aren’t already stoked from what I’ve said so far then this is probably not for you. This is a full fledged Debian Lenny system and will require actual Linux knowledge to get anything done. The sky is the limit though
debian-wdlxtv-live is based on WDLXTV-LIVE-0.2.2.1, in the future I will release an update script so you can update debian-wdlxtv core files without having to use an entirely new bin file.
root password is wdtvlive.
Similar to ext3-boot-live (development version of wdlxtv-live) the root.bin must be located on the device which your WDTV Live detects as /dev/sda1. So if root.bin exists on /dev/sda1, then debian-wdlxtv-live will be loaded evidenced by:
This means instant access to everything Debian offers, like rtorrent, nzbget, lighttpd, python, gcc, etc.
Big thanks to Debian for making an extremely diverse operating system!!!
I’m working on live filesystem booting, to get away from the root.bin, but there are a few issues I still need to work through with that–therefore it doesn’t work yet. Soon.
Coming soon, wdlxtv.com
I’ve spent a tremendous amount of time hacking the WD TV firmware[s], so if you appreciate my efforts please donate a little something using the link below : ) Thanks & enjoy.