Turn an old Android phone into a web server

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I just use ksweb has everything prebuilt in

I’d like a federated node to go, please!

Right now, I’d probably go with Python and FastAPI to make the phone sensors available locally.

I never have any luck running pkg upgrade on Termux. All the repositories fail.

Any special trick to get it to work?

eta:
The copy on Google Play is out of date and one of the mirror domains lapsed.

termux-change-repo

Select the packages. On the next screen, select a different mirror. I used albatross.

pkg update && pkg upgrade

Overwrite any config files. :person_shrugging:

Seems okay… Nope, motd is nagging me that my copy is still out of date, and that I should side-load from F-Droid or GitHub.

I have some old Android/Kodi boxes running a few things at the house. At about $35 each, cheaper and more available than a Pi and do a similar good job. Ideally I would love to get a Debian or similar Linux environment going because certain configurations (like a specific HDMI output) is more miss than hit under Android.

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I absolutely hate to see capable hardware going to waste; but I can’t deny that the prospect of a phone with 2017-era Qualcomm blobs for Linux 3.18.71 touching the internet makes me pretty queasy.

It’s a real shame what abject garbage the world of ARM SoC support is.

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