GTA04_This is my Fantasy

Lionel Broche lionel.broche at
Sat Apr 21 20:07:22 CEST 2012

I am not a specialist and I am not sure to understand what you mean by
'boot linux from any desktop', but I have been experimenting remote
connections lately so my results may interest you.

The idea of remote connection is that you boot your device normally (the
client), and access a remote computer (the host) once the operating system
is running on the client. Usually you only need a very light operating
system so the client machine does not need to be powerful.

I have been using a letux 400 (very small device, 2Gb Flash drive, rather
slow) as a client to connect to my home computer. Since a letux is (really)
not powerful, I dropped the idea of using a full remote desktop but this is
likely to be possible on the GTA04 (see Vino, Remmina and others for remote
desktop applications). Instead of that, I opened some X windows directly
via ssh (use the -X option when you connect with ssh, there is a bit of
fidling around with keys and host authoring). This technique allows you to
control the GUI of a host from a light remote client.

In final I could run some large applications (gimp, blender...) on my letux
and to use them just as if I was using my home computer. Only the GUI of
the application selected appeared on the screen.

I am not sure if that is what you want to do. I can give more details if
you need.


On 21 April 2012 00:37, Travis Bachelder <tbachelder at> wrote:

> Just so everyone knows: I am not a programmer (just a dreamer), with no
> grasp on reality in regards to what is feasible or not. I'll leave it to
> you (the community) to decide.
> I was thinking it would be cool if my imaginary cell phone (I also dream
> of one day owning one) had the capabilities to boot linux from any desktop,
> via USB, provided it's support. This would grant me access to large
> programs such as CAD software, Inventor/AutoCAD, music/movies/photos, from
> where ever a desktop computer was available (BIOS Mooch).
> I would imagine the phones would need to be outfitted with a small solid
> state hard drive (at least 60 gb), and it would be nice if it had the
> ability to share media files (music) between QTmoko and Ubuntu (maybe?).
> Has anyone ever fantasized about this?
> Is it feasible? or Possible?
> Thanks,
> Travis Bachelder
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