UBOS Linux on Raspberry Pi 3
I'm trying out UBOS Linux for the first time on a Raspberry Pi 3 and documenting my experience.
The official instructions are here.
And Johannes' screencast / video walkthrough is here
Downoading the Image
On the homepage I clicked "Getting Started" and downloaded the image for Raspberry Pi 2 and 3.
brew install xz wget http://depot.ubos.net/yellow/armv7h/images/ubos_yellow-rpi2_LATEST.img.xz unxz ubos_yellow-rpi2_LATEST.img.xz
Writing the Image to an SD Card
DANGER: The example below is a very simple summary for people who already know what they're doing.
For the explanation see How to Build an SD Card for Raspberry Pi on OS X
# Find the SD Card in the disk list diskutil list # Unmount # diskutil unmountDisk /dev/ diskutil unmountDisk /dev/disk4 # Wipe the partition # DANGER: replace disk4 with YOUR disk, or suffer the consequences # sudo diskutil partitionDisk /dev/ 1 MBR "Free Space" "%noformat%" 100% sudo diskutil partitionDisk /dev/disk4 1 MBR "Free Space" "%noformat%" 100% # write img out to /dev/RDISKx # sudo dd bs=1m if=/tmp/ubos_yellow-rpi2_LATEST.img of=/dev/ sudo dd bs=1m if=/tmp/ubos_yellow-rpi2_LATEST.img of=/dev/rdisk4
Creating a login "staff"
Now this is kinda cool:
A few days ago I was having this discussion about how to configure Hub simply and automatically if someone prefers to buy Hub for private use, but doesn't ever want to actually connect to ppl.family's servers at all, ever.
We were ideating around the idea of having the os look for and read a special text file on a USB key.
Well, that's exactly what UBOS does. Cool, huh?
So instead of the normal experience of having an insecure account on the network for a few minutes while you're setting it up, you just copy your account details to a usb key before you boot it up.
- Put a USB key in your USB port (must be fat32 formatted)
- Create an
id_rsa.pubif you don't have one
- Rename the USB key to
- Create the directory
- Copy the
cat ~/.ssh/id_rsa.pub || ssh-keygen sudo diskutil rename USB\ KEY UBOS-STAFF mkdir /Volumes/UBOS-STAFF/shepherd mkdir /Volumes/UBOS-STAFF/shepherd/ssh rsync -avL ~/.ssh/id_rsa.pub /Volumes/UBOS-STAFF/shepherd/ssh/
Note: You actually don't even have to create the
UBOS will do it for you if you stick the USB key into it with just the folder.
And you're done! (I think)
Boot the Pi
Eject the SD card (from Finder or whatever) and put it into the Pi.
Eject the USB key and put it into the Pi
Connect the Pi to the network.
Power it on.
Connect to the Pi
You can try to connect two ways:
ssh -i ~/.ssh/id_rsa.pub shepherd@ubos-raspberry-pi2
If that doesn't work, you can try by the IP address.
First I had to find it with
arp (and iPhone has a nice app
called Fing that can really help with that too).
ssh -i ~/.ssh/id_rsa.pub email@example.com
At this point you can't do just anything willy-nilly.
You're in a jail.
You can only run the admin commands listed in
which happen to be:
shepherd ALL = NOPASSWD: /usr/bin/ubos-admin *, /usr/bin/ubos-install *, /usr/bin/systemctl *, /usr/bin/journalctl *, /usr/bin/pacman *, /usr/bin/reboot *, /usr/bin/shutdown *, /usr/bin/mkdir *, /usr/bin/mount *, /usr/bin/umount *, /bin/bash *
The important one is
bash, because that's the one that will let you do anything. :)
Making UBOS your Home
UBOS is running Arch linux.
So instead of
sudo apt-get install <pkg> you use
sudo pacman -S <pkg>.
sudo bash # Disable passwords with 'PasswordAuthentication no' vim /etc/ssh/sshd_config # restart ssh systemctl restart sshd # add an admin user useradd -m -g users -s /bin/bash boss useradd -g wheel boss passwd boss visudo # switch to that user sudo su - boss # enable login via ssh ssh-keygen # create and update authorized_keys with your id_rsa.pub used prior touch ~/.ssh/authorized_keys chmod 600 ~/.ssh/authorized_keys nano ~/.ssh/authorized_keys
Now you can login as
boss and start doing stuff.
# update stuff sudo ubos-admin update # update the system pacman -Syu
By AJ ONeal
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