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Old 10-08-2014, 08:32 AM   #1
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Debian on Kindle Paperwhite, v. 5.4.4.2

No longer posting on mobileread. This thread, however, may help those interested in porting debian to their kindle. Those who download the attachments I had may do whatever they want to them.

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Old 10-08-2014, 09:12 AM   #2
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I saw Dos1's Debian-on-KP post, and I am working on building it. I really don't know much about building Linux things, so some clearer instructions would be nice. I got some of it built, however. The included file attachment is my current progress.

The main things I need to know is where does everything go.

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Start by reading (and following) the README.txt file.

Those *.txt files seem to cover your last question above.

If you need help not covered in the *.txt files, please ask those specific questions.
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Start by reading (and following) the README.txt file.

Those *.txt files seem to cover your last question above.

If you need help not covered in the *.txt files, please ask those specific questions.
This might be a stupid question, but what README.txt files?
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This might be a stupid question, but what README.txt files?
The ones in the archive file you posted.
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The ones in the archive I posted I wrote.

First Q: Where does the debian folder in my archive go? it has all the start-x, stop-x, x-org server, etc. doe it go in /mnt/us?
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The ones in the archive I posted I wrote.

First Q: Where does the debian folder in my archive go? it has all the start-x, stop-x, x-org server, etc. doe it go in /mnt/us?
Sorry, I missed that.

/mnt/us is the only place you have room to install anything.

I have never used dsmid's Debian -
We need to wait for either someone that has used it or dsmid to answer.
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Sorry, I missed that.

/mnt/us is the only place you have room to install anything.

I have never used dsmid's Debian -
We need to wait for either someone that has used it or dsmid to answer.
That's what I thought.
Can you or someone else at least explain this in a somewhat clearer fasion?
Its post no. 5 at this link: http://www.mobileread.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=195702

I'm sure you've seen it before.
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That's what I thought.
Can you or someone else at least explain this in a somewhat clearer fasion?
Its post no. 5 at this link: http://www.mobileread.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=195702

I'm sure you've seen it before.
Having that link certainly helps.

That is very early in a long thread that includes a lot of updates and information.
Including external links to references.

Try reading the entire thread and combining all of the advice into what you are doing.
That might get you closer.

At least close enough to tell us (in the context of that original thread) where / what part you are having trouble with.

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Where does it all go? <---
It goes into a loop mounted file that acts like the original distribution layout once you chroot into it.
(There is a script for doing that.)

Directions and discussion on size of the file and getting it formatted later in that same thread.
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OK, I have all the downloads I need and I hope to get going tomorrow.

One last thing: Let's say I accidently errored in my build. Would debian just not work, or would the whole device get messed up?

Also, when you chroot debian, is it basically 100% independent of Kindle OS?

And finally, when you download debian from the official site, does it come with x-org?
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OK, I have all the downloads I need and I hope to get going tomorrow.

One last thing: Let's say I accidently errored in my build. Would debian just not work, or would the whole device get messed up?

Also, when you chroot debian, is it basically 100% independent of Kindle OS?

And finally, when you download debian from the official site, does it come with x-org?
dsmid has Debian running in a chroot.
Which means it doesn't have access to the Amazon files (only kernel system calls).

Depends -
It could, just depends on what you download for installation.
But it doesn't have to.
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Sorry to disappoint anybody but none of my Kindles is running Debian in chroot
That is somebody else's work.
I would probably try to install openSUSE instead
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Would openSUSE or Debian be easier?
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Definitely Debian, I don't know about anybody trying openSUSE (it's just my favourite distro).
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Would i386 (32-bit intel, I beleive) Debian work on Kindle?
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