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Re: No Moving parts boot devices
- To: misc_(_at_)_openbsd_(_dot_)_org
- Subject: Re: No Moving parts boot devices
- From: Chuck Yerkes <chuck+obsd_(_at_)_2003_(_dot_)_snew_(_dot_)_com>
- Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2003 20:46:21 -0400
- Mail-followup-to: Chuck Yerkes <chuck+obsd_(_at_)_2003_(_dot_)_snew_(_dot_)_com>, misc_(_at_)_openbsd_(_dot_)_org
- Reply-to: misc_(_at_)_openbsd_(_dot_)_org
Quoting Jim (jameso_(_at_)_elwood_(_dot_)_net):
> I have been looking into the build out of a no moving parts system,
> and wanted to pick a few people's minds of what there past experience
> has been with various media.
Several ways to do it, been done by several people
(said chuck glancing at his cf-booting Soekris).
I've written up file system stuff for readonly disks
for embsd and the soerkis-tech list.
CF is slow. Slower than disk. But once running, most
stuff you actually use ends up in RAM (bind, dhcp, routed,
CF doesn't want to be written to - no swap, generally rw partitions
Re: pen drives.
If you can get a box to boot from one, then great. I'd love to
know how. I don't use a lot of x86 OpenBSD and the one I have
is decrepit and slow with no USB.
> >From what I have seen, there are USB Pen drives
> (http://www.pendrive.com/intro.php), CompactFlash to IDE
> converters (http://store.ituner.com/ituner/micoflidead.html), Various
> media adapters some of which are pretty nice looking
> Is anyone willing to share some experiences with some of these types
> of tools when it comes to booting OpenBSD? The multi-adapter devices
> look pretty tempting, but before dropping money I would like to see
> what people's experience with them have been. Would it just be safer
> going to a CF-IDE adapter?
CF-PCI cards generally should cost you around $18. CF cards, not much more.
> The end result I am looking for is a way to boot OBSD with out having
> to have any moving parts in the system.
Why? To what end? What is your goal?
> Second to that, it would be
> cool to have a system on a Pen Drive that I could boot up any machine
> I walk up to and have access to various utils (tftp, nmap, ssh, etc)
> where I could make a untrusted machine "mine" with just a reboot for a
> period of time.
I use an iPod for that :)
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