Install a Desktop-Linux (Debian-Linux) on Apple TV 1G

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Introduction: Install a Desktop-Linux (Debian-Linux) on Apple TV 1G

You have an old Apple Tv 1G, collecting dust? Why not turning it in to a cheap full featured PC by installing a Desktop Linux (Debian jessie) on it!

Step 1: Watch the Video for a Step by Step Tutorial.

WARNING: This could brick your Apple Tv so please be careful.

Link to OSMC download: https://osmc.tv/download/

Command to install LXDE: sudo apt-get install lxde

Command to start LXDE: startx

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    4 Comments

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    nvasilev1
    nvasilev1

    4 years ago

    I wander if this works for A1469 think this is 3th gen.?

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    stentmartin
    stentmartin

    4 years ago

    How to change the root password to be able to login to synaptic package manager.

    1. Start terminal

    2. sudo su - # to get to the root prompt

    3. mount -rw -o remount /

    4. passwd

    5. Enter new UNIX password: "new password"

    6. Retype new UNIX password: "new password"

    7. password updated successfully

    Close terminal and use your "new password" in the LXDE GUI to start synaptic package manager.

    That's it

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    stentmartin
    stentmartin

    4 years ago

    I have used terminal to start Synaptic (sudo su -) and download file manager and Firefox but I still dont know the password in Debian GUI? It seems to be a bug?

    Sten T. Martin

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    stentmartin
    stentmartin

    4 years ago

    Thank you for a very good video. I was nearly to give up my 2 Apple TV 1 when I learned how to make them a Debian Linux computer. And I can not stand the Kodi GUI to manage my files and photos, very bad.

    I want to install Firefox and a file manager. Synaptic is asking for a password??

    Please advise.

    Sten T. Martin