Raspberry Pi 2 Testing

We are playing with the new Raspberry Pi 2 at the Phoenix1 Hacklab.


rpi2 x3

(seryn) 11/5 – these units need some purpose in their lives, what can we commit them to?

(seryn) 14//5 – hows about a mail server, a web server, and a personal mobile workstation

  • (seryn) 23/5 – combine email and webhosting into one, explore mini workstations, set up a TOR gateway

awesome index elinux.org/RPi_Tutorials

Shopping List


(seryn) 24/5 – Displays would be nice.


(seryn) 24/5 – wireless TOR gateway

Operating Systems

Rasbian – Debian 7 ‘Wheezy’

(seryn) 2/5 – We installed Raspian, it works.

Debian 8 ‘Jessie’

(seryn) 3/5 – installed jessie on rpi2. I got the .img from here → sjoerd.luon.net/posts/2015/02/debian-jessie-on-rpi2

  • The first test I installed LXDE as a desktop enviroment.
    (seryn) 4/5 – I reinstalled the .img with XFCE desktop, its nice.
  • I’m having some issues with storage, I need to expand the file system. I can’t seem to install bmap-tools, maybe a repo I’m missing. I’ll chaeck later.

Debian 8 ‘Jessie’ (aliendeb)

(seryn) 7/5 – I downloaded ‘aliendeb’ from here www.raspberrypi.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=56&t=101831

  • (seryn) 10/5 – Kodi does not work, a blank display after starting. lame.


(seryn) 10/5 downloading minibian, sourceforge.net/projects/minibian

  • Install was easy enough, and I successfully expanded the filesystem (see section below)
  • currently installing xfce4 desktop
  • xfce4 looks nice, seems fast enough

(seryn) 11/5 – I’m attempting to get Kodi working on this install.

  • install complete. going to add some media and reboot
  • when i try and start kodi i get the error ‘failed to add service – already in use?’
  • I created a new user and logged out of root and logged back in as the new user
  • There is no sudo. Installing sudo now.
  • cannot mount media, not authorized.
    • logging into desktop using sudo fixed that.
  • Im having issues using vlc

Resize that filesystem



‘Garcon!’ or – setting up your mail server

(seryn) 14/5 – I am beginning to look up information on using the rpi2 as an email server. below are some links.

SSH Connection to Raspberry Pi

(g) 23/5 – I successfully established an ssh connection to my Raspberry Pi which will be used to run GNU CASH and store sensitive data away from cloud access, if that’s the right terminology. Here are the pages to point anyone in the right direction

VNC Connection on Raspberry Pi

(g) 24/5 – This should give us graphic interface to the Raspberry Pi while on a headless ssh connection. I’m following the raspberry pi documentation on how to do this but the terminal on the main computer keeps saying ‘vncserver: not found’. I’m looking around on how to resolve this.

(seryn) 26/5 – pretty cool, can’t wait to have an opportunity to play with this.

(g) 5/6 – I tried to use the pi through the router we’re using for primary internet and was unsuccessful. The easy way to find the pi IP address if you’re in the same room as it is to plug it into an HDMI capable screen and read it on the start up page where you type in the password. If you’re not in the same room as the pi, I’m still working that out. I think if you know the IP address of the router/switch itself, you should be able to find what other hosts are hardwired into it and determine from there which one is the pi. I personally haven’t been successful at this. I only found the IP address the first time on the linksys router because of an educated guess. I found the main router IP address by using the HDMI to the TV and reading it in the start menu but still couldn’t access the pi through that router. I couldn’t find the IP address for the main router or my own computer and I think bitmask had something to do with it. The reason I say that is because when I tried to use the original router that worked on the pi the first time after trying the main router, neither the VNC or SSH would allow me access until I had turned the bitmask off. I actually tried turning off the bitmask while using the main router but the VNC/SSH still didn’t work so that’s probably not it unless other people connected to the router using bitmask or tor are randomizing the IP address numbers for all the hosts attached to that router. Or there’s some security protocol on the router since it’s an active internet providing port and I haven’t done it yet. I don’t know what I’m talking about and need help.


was reading over this about setting up a secure home server


“ip neigh” is a command to find what ip addresses are on your network. There others as well such as “nmap -sn” and other nmap commands which are elaborated upon in nmap.org. “ip neigh” is the only one that actually worked for me though. I can’t get on to the raspberry pi that seryn was using last with the red star sticker on it. I was going to use that as the dedicated media center if we could get it to work. It won’t let me ssh into the pi even though I now know the ip address. I can get into the other pi still so I need to trouble shoot to figure out if it’s my system that’s messing up or if I need to reinstall the OS on the pi or something else. What is the password to the red star raspberry pi?