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Topic # 228897 28-Jan-2018 23:11
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May be of some interest to some people - if you're currently signed in to a gmail (or gsuite) account Click Here to launch a Linux shell.


More information here:


- Stuff stored in /home/ is persistent. You get 5gb of storage.
- Webapps served on port 8080 (and on experimentation other ports too) are able to be accessed by you for playing around with things.
- The machine is Debian 9.* based and has some reasonable specs. 
- You can get root access to your personal machine via "sudo -s" if required however bare in mind the machine will get reset after some time (I found after about an hour of not having a session open).


Some ideas on what to do with one:


1) Run the OpenVPN client for connecting to stuff within your house (via SSH / Mosh), store the keys in /home/ (aka, your Google account).
2) Run node.js, python, ruby apps, .net apps etc. These are all preinstalled.
3) Experiment around with Linux without any risk on breaking anything.


I thought it is quite neat and have a few uses for it and I am sure it is a great tool to learn Linux or coding without having to set up your own Linux host.

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  Reply # 1947989 29-Jan-2018 00:11
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Nice. I'd be somewhat wary of leaving any keys on the account though

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Nice. I'd be somewhat wary of leaving any keys on the account though


Indeed however I see no reason not to with one of these machines if things like ssh keys, ovpn keys etc are protected with an additional password. Google state it is safe and the storage can only be accessed by the Google account you're using.


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  Reply # 1948069 29-Jan-2018 11:16
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You are running apt-get tool inside of Cloud Shell. Note that your Cloud Shellmachine is ephemeral and will be reset once you are not using it interactivelyfor about half an hour. No system-wide change will persist beyond that.Note that your home directory does persist across VM instantiations, so considerinstalling your tools into your home directory whenever possible.To suppress this warning, create an empty ~/.cloudshell/no-apt-get-warning file.The command will automatically proceed in 5 seconds or on any key.Visit for more information.

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  Reply # 1948070 29-Jan-2018 11:18
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You can get a free VPS with Google too, it's a really small instance, but it persists 24/7

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  Reply # 1948071 29-Jan-2018 11:19
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Nice. I'd be somewhat wary of leaving any keys on the account though

You can install luks crypt and have it mount the encrypted container on startup (after entering the passphrase). I've added this to my .bashrc.

One thing to be aware of is that it shuts down after an hour of inactivity (via the "console")

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