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Linux headless

with PC Engines ALIX

About the Book

This book is about small computers, that work continuously and unattended, that do not have a keyboard or display, that are there and do for what they were built. That won't be shut down, instead get powered off at the utmost.

And above all this book is about how to build such a thing.

This is a translation of the german book "Linux kopflos - mit PC Engines ALIX"

About the Author

Mathias Weidner
Mathias Weidner

Mathias Weidner worked many years as a system and network administrator.

Besides writing books he sometimes writes Perl modules that can be found on CPAN.

Table of Contents

  • Preface
    • Audience
    • Organization
    • Conventions
    • Acknowledgements
  • What can I do with it
    • Router
    • Firewall / packet filter
    • Streaming client for music from the net
    • Network information server
    • File, streaming or web server
    • A weather station or something similar
    • A controlling computer for your own hardware project
  • Hardware for Headless Linux
    • CompactFlash card
    • LED
    • Mode switch
    • Sensors
  • Additional hardware
    • I²C Bus
    • Serial Interface
    • Sound cards
    • UPS
  • Suitable Linux distributions
    • Debian GNU/Linux
    • iMedia Embedded Linux
    • OpenWrt
    • Slax
    • Linux From Scratch
    • Buildroot
  • Installing Linux
    • Preparing a boot medium on a second computer
    • Installation using USB media
    • Installation using PXE-Boot
  • Components of a Linux system
    • Kernel
    • File system
    • Random Access Memory
    • I/O subsystem
    • System programs
    • User programs
  • Compiling software yourself
    • System or user software
    • Creating Debian Packages
    • Kernel and kernel modules
    • Software for OpenWrt
  • Daily operation and administration
    • Configuring the computer for its intended use
    • The iptables firewall on OpenWrt
    • Updates
    • Backup and Restore
  • Strategies for problem solving
    • Manual pages, program documentation
    • Internet, search engines
    • Strategies for local problems on the computer
    • Strategies for network problems
  • Protocols and mechanisms
    • Bootloader
    • Preboot Execution Environment (PXE)
    • udev - managing devices dynamically
    • DHCP
    • Trivial File Transfer Protocol (TFTP)
    • Zero Configuration Networking
  • Glossary
  • Additional resources
    • Internet
    • File systems
    • ALIX hardware
    • Additional hardware
    • Linux
    • Literature
    • RFC - Requests for Comment
  • Colophon

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