|An old EEEPC learns a new trick :: now serving files wirelessly.|
|A student's Android tablet connected to the PirateBox.|
You can see the installation process here on the PirateBox forum.
I used my Windows laptop to download UnetBootin and the PirateBox .ISO. I wrote the disk image onto an old USB thumb drive, and tested it first on my laptop, then on my EEEPC.
For the EEEPC, I didn't have to do anything at all to it except hit F2 during start up, go to Hard Disk Drives and make sure my USB device was selected, then make sure it was set as the first option under Boot Device Priority. After that, it worked perfectly and on the very first try. Very rarely does any project like this go so smoothly -- it is a true testament to the skill and thought put into it by the developers of this project.
Something to keep in mind is that the current version, when running (LIVE) from a USB thumb drive will not save anything that you do in between each time you turn off your computer. So say I put several workbook pages on the server today, turn it off at night and turn it on in the morning tomorrow. Those files will be gone. This is not a big deal for now, and on my Windows laptop I keep an export folder on my desktop to quickly find and send files to the PirateBox when needed. Future releases plan on having this fixed, according to the PirateBox forums.
I am not a developer, nor is anyone currently involved here at Helios Labs. But if you are reading this and are a developer, and find PirateBox interesting, you can go to the forums and see how you can help out. A similar, and apparently related project is Library Box.