Subject: Re: A random thought.
To: Richard Rauch <>
From: Ian Zagorskih <>
List: netbsd-advocacy
Date: 07/01/2004 21:35:03
----- Original Message -----
From: "Richard Rauch" <>
To: <>
Sent: Thursday, July 01, 2004 7:27 PM
Subject: A random thought.

> I was just noticing that the price of 256MB solid-state non-volatile
> memory took anotherp plunge (down to about $50).  I was thinking about
> the notion of putting a NetBSD install on one of those things.  (This is
> fairly idle, since I don't really have a need for such a toy.  It'd really
> be a waste of $50 for me right now.)
> Then it hit me: A few years ago, a single CD-ROM had a multi-boot CD
> that would install NetBSD on any of several platforms.  Maybe we are
> close to a single memory card being able to boot multiple hardware
> platforms and *be* a NetBSD install for each of them.
> Why not?  (^&
> Of course, it would fall to the respective systems to provide a means
> to boot from the media and for NetBSD to have drivers for the respective
> interfaces.  But it'd be a cool geek toy, and could have some real
> Plug your keychain (or whatever) into "any" (suitable) computer and boot
> your "home" environment.  The CPU is just the host that does the work of
> turning the crank.  (Alright, the limited lifespan of the media would keep
> you from really doing serious work exclusively on one of these...but if
> host were network connected, or if you just use it for browsing, checking
> email, or diagnostics...)

ATM i already have NetBSD fine booting and working from USB Flash Disk. It
eats about 4Mb of total 64Mb. There's no problem to make an installation
distro for such disks. So you'r not alone thinking about NetBSD on solid
state disks :)

Just mine two cents..

// wbr