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Re: What's best way to use Debian w/o my laptop? Flash + union?

unforgettableid wrote:
Hi all,

I usually get around my city of Toronto, Canada by bicycle.  I fall off my bike
once a year or so.  Therefore I don't carry breakable electronics like my
laptop unless I know I will need them.  But I sometimes need to use my Debian
OS, my files, and some shell scripts I've written when I'm away from home.  So
I invested Cdn$100 in a 16GB SDHC card to carry in my pocket every day and boot
Debian Linux from.  I used it for a year, but the card's write speed is quite
slow, so I've stopped using it.  I now have four options, and wonder which is

1.  Use my laptop's internal hard drive to boot Debian from, and leave my
laptop running at home every day.  But this costs the environment, and the
electricity costs add up over time too.

Hello. You do not have to leave your laptop running if it has wake-on-LAN. To check if your laptop supports this, check your BIOS for settings such as "wake-on-lan", "wake-on-ethernet", "wol", etc. You can then start your laptop with etherwake or a similar program. There are many good guides on how to set up WOL on Debian. This is how I turn on my backup server, which is an old desktop. I just log into my router and do "etherwake xx:xx:xx:xx:xx" (the xs are the mac address). I believe that you can do it from the Internet and avoid logging into an intermediary too.
Take care,

P.S. Falling off your bike in or near traffic seems dangerous. Maybe you should consider a car.

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