[root tip] [How To] Hacking the ARM desktop installer

Difficulty: ★★☆☆☆

Source: Hacking ARM desktop installer | root.nix.dk

Working around the desktop installer image requiring peripherals to complete.


The steps

  1. Insert sd-card into your RPI

  2. Power device

  3. Wait until the device settles - the green activity led becomes quiet

  4. Scan the network to locate the IP using SSH default port 22

    nmap -p 22 --open ip.x.y.0/24
  5. open a ssh connection to the device using oem as username and password

    ssh oem@ip.x.y.z
  6. IMPORTANT: To ensure your system uses a current mirror and has the current metadata execute

    sudo pacman-mirrors --continent && sudo pacman -Syy
  7. remove the calamares oem installer

    sudo pacman -Rns calamares calamares-arm-oem
  8. sync the command line oem installer

    sudo pacman -S manjaro-arm-oem-install
  9. execute the oem setup script

    sudo bash /usr/share/manjaro-arm-oem-install/manjaro-arm-oem-install

  10. Done - the script boots the system automagically

Remote GUI

A headless system with a GUI desktop is of little value unless you can access that desktop from elsewhere.

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