My Book Live : the $150 Linux Server ??

So, I perused the Western Digital community forum for information about my new My Book Live device that I just installed, and I noticed that some people were talking about enabling SSH logins:

Steps to enable SSH

So, naturally I got curious. Could I enable that, log in and look around.  I suspected Linux was under the hood.  So I did.  You have to log in as Root, and the password you need at first is right on the screen:

http://(YOUR.LIVEBOOK.ADDRESS)/UI/ssh

I was right about the device running on Linux. After logging in, I noticed I had a very current Linux Build on a Power PC processor:

# uname -a
Linux MyBookLive.local 2.6.32.11-svn70860 #1 Thu May 17 13:32:51 PDT 2012 ppc GNU/Linux

The first thing I did, of course was change the root password.  I’m sure if you forget your password you will need to perform a factory reset.  That might be bad so don’t loose that.  I did notice that the only user account that seems to be allowed to log in is root.  Here’s some additional specs:

top - 22:57:44 up 4:05, 1 user, load average: 4.86, 4.28, 3.53
Tasks: 100 total, 1 running, 99 sleeping, 0 stopped, 0 zombie
Cpu(s): 1.7%us, 53.8%sy, 23.8%ni, 0.0%id, 3.6%wa, 2.0%hi, 15.2%si, 0.0%st
Mem: 253632k total, 250944k used, 2688k free, 10816k buffers
Swap: 500608k total, 64768k used, 435840k free, 97728k cached

Not bad.  And, of course, Internet ports that are being listened to:

# netstat -an | head -n2 & netstat -an | grep LISTEN
[1] 6171
Active Internet connections (servers and established)
Proto Recv-Q Send-Q Local Address Foreign Address State 
tcp 0 0 0.0.0.0:49152 0.0.0.0:* LISTEN 
tcp 0 0 0.0.0.0:2049 0.0.0.0:* LISTEN 
tcp 0 0 0.0.0.0:548 0.0.0.0:* LISTEN 
tcp 0 0 0.0.0.0:12548 0.0.0.0:* LISTEN 
tcp 0 0 0.0.0.0:3689 0.0.0.0:* LISTEN 
tcp 0 0 0.0.0.0:139 0.0.0.0:* LISTEN 
tcp 0 0 0.0.0.0:111 0.0.0.0:* LISTEN 
tcp 0 0 0.0.0.0:22 0.0.0.0:* LISTEN 
tcp 0 0 0.0.0.0:59607 0.0.0.0:* LISTEN 
tcp 0 0 0.0.0.0:46647 0.0.0.0:* LISTEN 
tcp 0 0 0.0.0.0:38234 0.0.0.0:* LISTEN 
tcp 0 0 0.0.0.0:445 0.0.0.0:* LISTEN 
tcp6 0 0 :::3689 :::* LISTEN 
tcp6 0 0 :::139 :::* LISTEN 
tcp6 0 0 :::80 :::* LISTEN 
tcp6 0 0 :::22 :::* LISTEN 
tcp6 0 0 :::443 :::* LISTEN 
tcp6 0 0 ::1:4700 :::* LISTEN 
tcp6 0 0 :::445 :::* LISTEN

So, depending on what this machine is able to do, it may be possible to use it as a simple server for routine tasks.  More later as I find out what this box can do …

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