GTA04_This is my Fantasy

Travis Bachelder tbachelder at
Sun Apr 22 15:09:55 CEST 2012

Thanks for you input Lionel,
Actually: What I am thinking isn't remote. More like having the operating
system installed onto the GTA04 (outfitted with a larger hardrive of
course). Plug the phone into a computer (via usb perhaps?) then restart
computer to boot from the OS installed onto you slick 60 gb GTA04.

This seems possible, the only hurdle I see is the hardware, what would it
take to outfit a GTA04 phone with a larger hardrive?


> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> From: Lionel Broche <lionel.broche at>
> To: List for Openmoko community discussion <community at>
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> Date: Sat, 21 Apr 2012 19:07:22 +0100
> Subject: Re: GTA04_This is my Fantasy
> 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.
> Lionel
> 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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