Changing OpenELEC's Root Password - Step By Step

OpenELEC's default root password is "openelec" and you can't really change that, because OpenELEC's root filesystem is mounted read-only. At least that's what their official FAQ says.

Well, that's only the half truth. OpenELEC's rootfs is stored in a squasfs image called "SYSTEM". You are free to unpack its rootfs, change some settings and re-pack it again.

The following guide will show you how to change the root password with the help of Debian GNU/Linux or *buntu.

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Well, installing debian sid and xbmc had never been easier.

  1. Get debian testing (or maybe stable) from → here
  2. Install debian anywhere you want
  3. Replace stable or testing repos with unstable:
    nano /etc/apt/sources.list
    deb http://your.debian.mirror/debian unstable main contrib non-free
  4. Upgrade to debian unstable by
    apt-get update && apt-get dist-upgrade
  5. Switch from SysVinit to systemd by following → these steps. Please take notice of «Known issues and workarounds»
  6. Remove gdm with
    apt-get purge gdm3
  7. Install lightdm with
    apt-get install lightdm
  8. Install xbmc-standalone with
    apt-get install xbmc-standalone
  9. Reboot and login to xbmc
  10. Activate auto-login by configuring lightdm
    nano /etc/lightdm/lightdm.conf

I'd recommend contrib and non-free packages because otherwise you may not be able to release the full potential of your xbmc installation.

Have fun with "xbmcsid"!

Note: Replacing sysvinit with systemd is completely optional. Replacing gdm with lightdm is also optional. These things will just speed up the boot time a bit.

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Encrypt your Nokia N900

This guide shows you how to encrypt files (or entire filesystems) on your Nokia N900. I know there are many ways to encrypt files on this special device but let's talk about two particular ways.

  1. → EncFS
  2. Cryptsetup/LUKS

Fist of all, let's talk about EncFS. EncFS is a free FUSE-based cryptographic filesystem. The encryption used depends on the installed encryption libraries on your device, AES should be no problem. EncFS uses a (typically hidden) directory where it stores your encrypted files, so setting up encryption with EncFS on your Nokia N900 is a really easy story.

  1. Install EncFS, e.g. with
    ~ # apt-get install encfs
  2. Create the directory where your encrypted files shall be stored, e.g. with
    ~ $ mkdir /media/mmc1/.crypto
  3. Create the 'directory' where you want to access your decrypted files, e.g. with
    ~ $ mkdir /home/user/MyDocs/Crypto
  4. Let EncFS create the encrypted filesystem with
    ~ $ encfs {encrypted storage} {mountpoint}

    ~ # encfs /media/mmc1/.crypto /home/user/MyDocs/Crypto -o allow_other
  5. Choose the way you'd like to have your files encrypted
  6. Choose a password for your EncFS
  7. Enjoy your crypto-fs and unmount it with
    ~ # fusermount -u {mountpoint}
    when you're done

I decided to publish this little tutorial even if it's incomplete. My N900 is broken (physically) and I don't think that the damage can be fixed. It crashed onto the floor with the charger plugged in. Its µUSB jack has been ripped off the PCB. Rest in peace my beloved friend.

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