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Install Debian 5 "Lenny" from the Gentoo LiveCD

Warning: This script will WIPE your Xbox 360 harddisk (/dev/sda) and install Debian Lenny will create two partitions. 1 GB swap on sda1 and the rest of the disk as a root-filesystem on sda2. Run the script as root from the Gentoo LiveCD v2. You will need a DHCP-server on your network for this script.

How do I run it

Click "Application > Accessories > Terminal" and type the following commands:

sh sudo su wget sh ./

Reboot the 360 when you are told. Boot with and login as root. You will be asked for a new password. The rest of the installation will start automatically. The download is about 600Mb. Select xenosfb when the script asks for Xserver-driver.

Note: Currently unstable, resulted in xorg crashing and there is no network activity. Debian Etch works, same with Ubuntu 7.10.

# set the date to anything except 1/1/1970 since this causes issues
# time is now also set after first boot by .bashrc script below
date -s 1/1/2009
dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sda bs=512 count=1
sfdisk /dev/sda << EOF
mkfs.ext3 /dev/sda2
mkswap /dev/sda1
sync; sync; sync
swapon /dev/sda1
mkdir /mnt/debian
mount /dev/sda2 /mnt/debian
cd /mnt/debian
mkdir /mnt/debian/work
cd /mnt/debian/work
wget `<>
ar -xf debootstrap_1.0.23_all.deb
cd /mnt/debian
zcat < /mnt/debian/work/data.tar.gz | tar xv
cp /mnt/debian/usr/sbin/debootstrap /mnt/debian/usr/share/debootstrap     
export DEBOOTSTRAP_DIR=/mnt/debian/usr/share/debootstrap
export PATH=$PATH:/mnt/debian/usr/share/debootstrap
debootstrap --arch powerpc lenny /mnt/debian `<>
echo Xenon > /mnt/debian/etc/hostname
cat > /mnt/debian/etc/fstab << EOF
/dev/sda2     /          ext3     defaults   0   0
/dev/sda1     none    swap    sw           0   0
proc            /proc    proc    defaults  0   0
cat > /mnt/debian/etc/network/interfaces << EOF
iface lo inet loopback
auto lo
auto eth0
iface eth0 inet dhcp
cat > /mnt/debian/etc/apt/sources.list << EOF
deb `<>` lenny main contrib non-free
#Change root-pwd inside chroot
chroot /mnt/debian
echo -e "xbox\nxbox" | (passwd --stdin $USER)
cp /mnt/debian/root/.bashrc /mnt/debian/root/.bashrc.orginal
cat >> /mnt/debian/root/.bashrc << EOF
apt-get update
apt-get install ntp wget -y --force-yes
apt-get install x-window-system -y --force-yes
aptitude install gnome -y
apt-get install build-essential firefox gftp khexedit console-tools -y --force-yes
cd /usr/lib/xorg/modules/drivers/
rm -r -f *
wget `<>
cd /etc/X11/
rm -r -f xorg.conf
wget `<>
mkdir /lib/modules/
touch /lib/modules/
echo "" > /etc/gdm/gdm.conf-custom
sed -i '/security/ a\AllowRoot=true' /etc/gdm/gdm.conf
sed -i 's/#LEDS=+num/LEDS=+num/' /etc/console-tools/config
rm /root/.bashrc
mv /root/.bashrc.orginal /root/.bashrc
/etc/init.d/gdm start
echo "Base System Install Complete!"
echo "You may now shutdown the xbox360."
echo "Then continue the install by booting the Xell-Bootloader-sda2."

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