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Old 06-24-2013, 09:18 AM   #1
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Device: Kindle Touch jb
Thumbs up use your kindle as a display (using gnu screen)

This post describes how to start a screen session in linux (specifically raspbian for raspberry pi) and then connect to it using a kindle (k5 touch, but should work with other versions too) and a usb cable: you will type using the keyboard connected to the raspberry (or any linux pc), using the kindle as a monitor.

on the raspberry:
boot raspbian to the command line (works also from a terminal in the desktop)
start the ssh server ("sudo raspi-config" or "sudo /etc/init.d/ssh start")
$ sudo ifconfig usb0
create a named screen session: $ screen -S foo


on the kindle:
root the kindle
install usb-network and start it
install a terminal (kterm for example)

$ sudo ifconfig usb0
$ dbclient pi@

attach to the existing screen session:
$ screen -x foo

in alternative:
$ screen -rxU
-r resumes a detached screen session -x resumes a not-detached screen session -U tells the terminal to use UTF-8 encoding (which I use exclusively)

screen -list (list active screens)


not sure if this is necessary in raspbian /etc/network/interfaces

allow-hotplug usb0
mapping hotplug
script grep
map usb0
iface usb0 inet static
up iptables -I INPUT 1 -s -j ACCEPT


todo (maybe someone can help)
automate the login in raspbian and autostart ifconfig and the screen session
start screen in raspberry with a predefined size that fits the kindle
start vim in rasbperry with a fixed number of rows and columns (this can be done with "set lines=50 columns=44"
connect using wifi

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