firefoxbook a free chromebook replacement – Screen after boot
A free Howto to get a free Chromebook Replacement: Called Firefoxbook
Everybody knows a product called chromebook, but you must not buy such a laptop with branded OS! Here is a small Howto get a similar Laptop with free firefox.
How does it work? Easy, the Laptop boots from Stick or CF-Card to RAMDISK, the firefox profile and cache is always new created at non permanent RAMDISK. The private Mode surpress cookie and other waste. Only the Window Settings are stored (Fullscreen/ F11). After boot the Internet is connected and Firefox is shown on Desktop.
All you need:
- a Laptop, can be a older one, i prefer Thinkpads
- a Wireless/LAN Card if not available inside
- 4GB USB Stick or 4GB CF-Disk with ATA-CF-Adaptor
- Time to work
- Tinycorelinux at CD source http://distro.ibiblio.org/tinycorelinux/
- Download Tinycorelinux and burn it to CD
- reboot the Laptop on the CD to tinycore
- open a Terminal and enter #sudo tc-install
- follow instructions
- reboot the Laptop and remove the CD
- boot the Laptop on the USB Stick
- check network connection
- if not available plugin LAN cable reboot again on stick
- or setup WIFI with the WIFI Manager
- check internet connection again
- NOW LETS MAKE SAFE!
- if the Laptop is online install firefox with: #tce-load -wi firefox
- NOW!! Create first a firefox profile on the RAMDISK!!
- do run as tc user #firefox -P
- create new firefox profilename “tmp” locate it at /tmp
- now run as user tc #firefox, close firefox!
- edit now /opt/.filetool.lst with #sudo vi /opt/.filetool.lst
- add “tmp/localstore.rdf” line, close and save
- edit as user tc #vi /home/tc/.setbackground
- add line “sh /tmp/tcloop/firefox/usr/local/firefox-official/firefox –private”
- save settings to USB Stick called mydata.tgz with #filetool.sh -b”
- run #sudo reboot
Enjoy a Firefoxbook with always safe browsing option! On every reboot the old cached data are really lost cause the profile is always placed inside ramdisk and never on chip!
Do always reboot or shutdown without backup by menu, or push only the Laptop Power Button to auto delete waste at poweroff. Other Browsers can be used also (Opera).
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Problem: FreeBSD 9 use GPT Partitionlabel by default to remove with Linux do:
fdisk message: WARNING: GTP (GUID Partition Table) detected on '/dev/sdX'
The util fdisk isn't support GPT.
do on console:
sudo parted /dev/sdX
mklabel msdos (Enter Yes!)
now use Linux fdisk to recreate a new partion Table
Problem: If you want to work faster with your Openbox Desktop you should use Keyboard Shortcuts for often used Programs like Internet, Mail and Run Command box.
Solution: edit as user $nano /home/user/.config/openbox/rc.xml insert
#RunCommand with gmrun on X CTRL+R
#Internet Key with chromium CTRL+I
#Internet Mail with icedove CTRL+M
save and relogin into openbox..enjoy economy working..
Remark: Its powerful on small Netbooks or Laptops cause you don’t need to use tricky Touchpads!
Problem: If you have bought a Thin Client Terminal, you lost updates after some years, cause the manufacter closes the support, or you have to pay for the Upgrades.
To reuse the old Hardware take a closer look on www.tinycorelinux.com There you find a very small modular Linux. You must not buy new Hardware! Tinycorelinux runs on x86 (Intel/AMD/Via) Hardware with a current 2.6 Kernel inside a RAMDISK.
- Kiosk Internet Box
- Internet Radio
- Netbook with full ThinClient Support for High Security Travel (Company’s)
- Internet PC
- Office PC
- Fast energy saving embedded PC with ramdisk Use
- SSH Terminal
- Embedded Server (NAS+FTP)
- PC controlled Info-Screens like Store, Hotel or Airport TFT Info Screens
- Embedded Tablet PCs
Tinycorelinux is easy to setup and offer good documentations about config and application setup.
- x86 CPU
- 32MB> Diskspace
- Support Intel,AMD and Via CPU (Samuel 2 too, no cmov reboot bug)
- Support various kinds of media, USB Stick, FlashDisk, IDE and SATA-HDD, CDROM
- embedded S3 Via Graphic supported
- must have internet access to get additional software packages called modules
At first read the howtos about the different kernel boot switches cause here you set parameters for the Linux on RAM.
tinycore user=tom vga=791 hdc1=home sda1=tce secure noautologin kmap=qwertz/latin-1 lang=de
- user= set the used username (default=tc)
- vga= enable framebuffer on screens
- hdc1= set a usbdisk plugged in to home
- sda1= set a usbstick to save installed programs like firefox
- secure= ask on boot for user + root password (must be)
- noautologin= stop at login prompt (Console)
- kmap set keymap (for German install kmap paket, if not US is forced)
- lang= set language (for other language install lang paket, if not US is forced)