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Thread: Has anyone ever messed with DishLinux and/or tried modding a 721?

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    Has anyone ever messed with DishLinux and/or tried modding a 721?

    I'm curious why nobody's made a custom linux distro based off the linux that 721s and such DVRs that won't receive service soon anymore use.

    That sounds like it'd be kinda fun. If all else, you could rig some stuff into the box, maybe make it a fancy Mp3 player or something.


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    I see a little something.. it'd be cool if those with 721s could bring new life to em!


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    Quote Originally Posted by OoTLink View Post
    I'm curious why nobody's made a custom linux distro based off the linux that 721s and such DVRs that won't receive service soon anymore use.

    That sounds like it'd be kinda fun. If all else, you could rig some stuff into the box, maybe make it a fancy Mp3 player or something.


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    I see a little something.. it'd be cool if those with 721s could bring new life to em!
    Interesting that they use xfs for the filesystem. Makes one wonder if the on-disk content is actually encrypted.

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    Interesting that they use xfs for the filesystem. Makes one wonder if the on-disk content is actually encrypted.
    It is. The encryption is done by the Broadcom chip.

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    How would one interact with the box to install the software?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kg4ozx View Post
    How would one interact with the box to install the software?
    Move the disk into Linux machine, mod SW - add telnet/ftp/etc and put it back.

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    Guess I didn't think about taking the drive out of the box

    This would be an interesting concept. If someone would write ( or has someone already written) an interface for linux that would make this a good multimedia box independent of the satellite service, but still remote control friendly. I guess you could also build it with the capability to have a USB keyboard/mouse and use it for a smokin' multimedia desktop machine. Could it be used for a video editing terminal?

    Now you've got my imagination running. Too bad I don't have one of these boxes!

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