Enabling apt-get on HP ThinOS

HP ThinOS (version 7 at the time of writing) is a modified version ubuntu xenial. You will find that the repository references are still present in /etc/apt/sources.list, so re-enabling package installation is rather straightforward:

  • Activate administrator mode on the thin client
  • Open an x-terminal (or use the build in graphical text editor)
  • Remove the comments before the repo’s

Now your file should look like below

deb http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ xenial main restricted universe multiverse
deb http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ xenial-updates main restricted universe multiverse
deb http://ports.ubuntu.com/ubuntu-ports/ xenial main restricted universe multiverse
deb http://ports.ubuntu.com/ubuntu-ports/ xenial-updates main restricted universe multiverse

Now, you can use apt-update, and install packages.

#fsunlock
#apt install nano
#fslock

BIG FAT WARNING: It may not be a good idea to blindly upgrade everything with apt-update && apt-upgrade, because you just might start overwriting HP stuff, you have been warned !