Subject: Re: Install on to usb memory stick? [Was: Install from usb memory stick?]
To: Michael Smith <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Steven M. Bellovin <email@example.com>
Date: 06/17/2005 08:04:11
In message <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Michael Smith writes:
>Here is a somewhat related question.
>I have a USB memory storage device with a built in MP3 player. These
>devices are commonly bought from swap meets here in Australia for 60-100
>AUD depending on capacity. It has a menu option to upgrade firmware from
>a file, so theoretically the firmware could be replaced by something
>Could NetBSD be installed to actually run on a device like this? I
>already have one opinion suggesting that the answer is no: the MP3
>decoder is implemented in hardware and the CPU is too small to run BSD.
>But I am still interested in any other ideas on the subject.
I doubt there's enough RAM or a memory management unit in an MP3 player.
--Steven M. Bellovin, http://www.cs.columbia.edu/~smb