Gmail as pendrive!?

Discussion in 'General Software' started by Duster, Apr 15, 2005.

  1. Duster

    Duster [H]ardness Supreme

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    thought you might find this intrusting...

    here is the link


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  2. Ice Czar

    Ice Czar Inscrutable

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    The Portable Virtual Privacy Machine

    Carry your entire Internet communication system on a tiny USB drive.


    just might be in the front page tommrow :p
    GmailFS might be too ;)
     
  3. ashmedai

    ashmedai [H]ardForum Junkie

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    Yes, but is it bootable?
     
  4. sleepkyng

    sleepkyng [H]Lite

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    so...
    what's the use in this thing?
     
  5. BollWeevil

    BollWeevil Limp Gawd

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    Wow, I hope that was some sincere sarcasm. Both of these technologies were posted on Slashdot at least 6 months ago.
     
  6. Duster

    Duster [H]ardness Supreme

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    i don't ready slashdot like i do here... put i never saw them there... but hey i miss lots of things


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  7. cell_491

    cell_491 2[H]4U

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    very very very very doubtfull...how are you going to boot onto an internet "drive" if you have no way to get onto the internet (on bootup)
     
  8. Ice Czar

    Ice Czar Inscrutable

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    cool stuff is cool stuff
    sometime you lead sometimes you lag
     
  9. Garage81

    Garage81 Mac Daddy

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    this would rule at work :cool:
     
  10. Ice Czar

    Ice Czar Inscrutable

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    well Id run it by your sysadmin as it does VPN tunnel (at least my link)
     
  11. XOR != OR

    XOR != OR [H]ardForum Junkie

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    That's actually what you are doing most of the time; initrd is just a small image of crap you need to find the rest of the system. In theory, you could just make a big one that has network drivers and the like.

    It would still suck; Your bootup would be subject to internet problems at that point, which is never a fun fun thing.
     
  12. cell_491

    cell_491 2[H]4U

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    yea i see it being alot more trouble than its worth
     
  13. BollWeevil

    BollWeevil Limp Gawd

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    Hmm, XOR, you have a good point. I'm thinking all you really need is a bootp server on your network to push a small PXE or etherboot kernel. At this point you would already have an IP, DNS and and gateway through bootp/dhcp, and this stage kernel would just need to be able to mount the gmail fs. Then, it's a matter of retrieving the file and booting into the the kernel retrieved from gmail. I'm sure there are flaws in that logic though. Anyone interested in trying something like this?

    Okay, so here's a ghetto way of doing it in the mean time:

    1. Setup a DHCP server that sends tftp boot file info along with the DHCP offer, see this
    howto

    2. Setup a TFTP server, and install gmailfs. Mount your gmail filesystem and make it accessible by the TFTP server.

    3. Store a remote bootable linux kernel on your gmail filesystem, such as one found on the Linux Terminal Server Project

    4. Boot the target computer with PXE or Etherboot, it will receive IP configuration and tftp filename through bootp. It will contact the TFTP server for the kernel, which in turn retrives it from gmail.

    5. Once the target computer boots the kernel, it should then mount the gmail fs itself as the root filesystem.

    Ideas?