AwkwardTV Loader Appliance
May 20th, 2007
This appliance is Copyright © 2007 Alan Quatermain. All Rights Reserved.
This appliance will enable you to download and install new appliances from the comfort of your armchair. It accesses the AwkwardTV Plugin List and uses the information there to browse and install new appliance plugins. It also provides the ability to dynamically enable and disable both SSH and AFP support, and is able to install sshd if it is not already present. At present, however, it is recommended that users install their own version of sshd; in a future release this appliance will have the option of installing Dropbear sshd instead, which is known to be more reliable than the OpenDarwin version currently included.
The appliance was designed to be the payload installed by the Patchstick. The reasoning behind this is that the Patchstick should plug in, show a nice video, and ask the user to reboot & remove. After this point, there should be something the user can interact with to do the various AppleTV hacking-related tasks, such as enabling the built-in AFP servers, or installing an SSH server. Thus was the ATV Loader appliance born.
This plugin was developed by Alan Quatermain of AwkwardTV. It includes a copy of unzip by C. Spieler at Info-ZIP, and a copy of OpenDarwin sshd. The latter will be replaced by DropBear in a later build.
Images were created by BigBaconAndEggs of AwkwardTV. Hosting provided courtesy of Dakaix. Many thanks to Dakaix and macTijn of AwkwardTV for their assistance in testing, and to all at AwkwardTV for their patience while I put this together.
- Uninstallation support.
- QuickTime component installation & management.
- ScreenSaver installation & management.
- Some kind of fix for the upward-growing AppleTV Main Menu.
The official page for ATV Loader is located at http://alanquatermain.net/atvloader/. This page includes screenshots and installation instructions.
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The author is in no way affiliated with Apple, Inc.