[Soekris] installing ubuntu server via deboostrap
glisten at witworx.com
Sat Dec 15 01:07:22 UTC 2007
On Fri, 14 Dec 2007 11:37:06 +0100, Antoine Zen-Ruffinen wrote:
>Something is appearing to me as I read your instructions. I don't
>think it is a good idea to swap on the CF. It will use it prematurely
>as a CF has a limited read/write-cycle lifetime. But your instructions
>are good anyway.
Rubbish. Haven't you seen the new machines that use flash "disks" ?
Yes, there is a cycle limit on writes (NOT reads) but trying to thrash
a 512MB Apacer PhotoSteno to death for a year was a total failure. It
is still running more than a year later in a 4801 doing firewall duty.
I throw a completely standard OpenBSD on there using pxeboot. No X, no
games, no compilers (NOT for security as that is another fallacious
idea) and until recently I used a miniscule swap (that never gets
written to) because OpenBSD used to complain. That's now fixed.
Compiling special kernels, running ramdisk (in a machine that is low on
RAM?) and all those other "hair shirt" measures are not worth the time
As an IBM Linux instructor (now retired) I sure know how to do all that
stuff but my time is still worth money so I'll leave it to amateurs.
A consultant is someone who's called in when someone has painted himself into a corner. He's expected to levitate his client out of that corner.
-The Sayings of Chairman Morrow. 1984.
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