[linux-elitists] Debian on IDE flash

Jon Kåre Hellan Jon.Kare.hellan@uninett.no
Tue Mar 2 05:46:45 PST 2004

Eugen Leitl <eugen@leitl.org> writes:

> A few days ago I got a 10 EUR IDE to CF adapter (PC Engines GmbH, a Swiss
> company), and on a lark installed Debian 3.0r2 on it. A minimal install 
> fit very well on a 256 MByte CF card. Unfortunately, there wasn't enough 
> space to switch to unstable/testing, and upgrade to 2.4 or 2.6 kernel family.
> I also flopped around with Flonix, but documentation for USB flash stick
> install isn't readily available (the archives are largely in French), so I
> gave up on them at some point. (The CDROM version choked on my Radeon, perhaps
> I shall try another box).
> Apart from fli4l (which is router-centric) there doesn't seem to be a
> flash-oriented Linux distro with more or less recent kernels (2.4; 2.6) and
> minimal server functionality (NFS, ssh, http, SMB-CIFS, etc), right?
> Perhaps I've missed it (I've googled, and read up on Rick's diverse pages),
> so I'd be thankful for any suggestions.

Did you check out Pebble ("http://www.nycwireless.net/pebble/")?

>From the README:
> This is a somewhat minimal (more than 16 megs, less than 400 megs,
> designed to fit on a 128 meg CF card) Debian stripped distro aimed for
> use in wireless embedded devices.  It's biggest advantage is that it
> mounts read-only.  You don't have to worry as much about wearing down
> the compact flash, and you don't have to worry about doing proper
> shutdowns.  Unplug and plug in as much as you want.

Kernel is 2.4.22.

Jon Kåre

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