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Old 12-17-2016, 12:38 AM   #1
very_rude_Turnip
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Device: Kobo Aura v2
New Kobo Aura owner: How do I hack this thing?

Hello!

I am new Kobo Aura owner. This is my first ereader, and I'm a total noob to ereaders in general. Before today, I didn't even know what the difference between epub and mobi formats was.

I heard that Kobo was more hacker friendly than Kindles, and I'm aware of Amazon's past history of evils (The 2009 Orwellian incident, their ToS/licenses, et cetera), so I figured Kobo was the way to go.

I am native Linux command line user and general hacker type, and I'm very familiar with embedded ARM devices. Very technically literate in this area (Android, DDWRT).

I am also very privacy/security conscious. I intend to load in files via rsync and probably will never even allow this thing internet access (I'll block it at the firewall once I figure out what it's MAC address is).

But I'm a noob. Where do I start?

I've been reading FAQs and other stuff here on the mobileread site, but a lot of stuff is ancient from 2010 and no longer relevant.



This thing seems really insistent that it connects to the internet right away so that it can rat out my location and register/upgrade itself. Can I get around that?

How do I ssh into this thing? Looks like I will need to install dropbear myself somehow.

Are there alternative reader apps? What do you use?

Is there an alternative/custom OS for these devices? Patches?

Is there any Linux desktop apps/tools I should know about? Looks like there was once a native Linux app, but it's gone now. I guess Calibre is the current app to use? I already downloaded and am tinkering with it right now. I have Windows and OSX available too, but I'd prefer to use Linux where possible.




If you have any advice for me, I would appreciate it, even if it's not something I posted above. Thanks in advance!

I will post anything I learn back here for others to use in the future.
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