I have played around with using an EPIA 600-PD (Fanless Dual NICS), with
256MB RAM. Works well, however, a buildworld takes around 4 hours ;-)
I am booting from a 512MB CF card, and run /var and /tmp from a RAM drive.
Upon startup, the CF card /var and /tmp dir. are copied into the ram drives,
the rest is Read Only. When it shuts down (not very often), the ram drive
contents are copied back to the CF card. You could backup the ram drive to
CF more frequently if required. I run off of 12V battery, so power failures
don't affect me all that much. You could monitor the Battery/UPS for power
failure conditions if needed etc. Running FreeBSD 6.0.
[mailto:owne...@freebsd.org] On Behalf Of
Sent: Saturday, 10 March 2007 5:10 AM
To: User Questions
Subject: FreeBSD on IDE Flash disk drive
I plan to install a FreeBSD 6.2 router/gateway/DHCP server on
a EPIA box with 1GB Transcend IDE Flash drive. Since
Transcend says that this device is capable of "10,000
insertion/removal cycles" I assume that I must minimize the
number of writes to the drive. It is okay with me if I have
to configure syslog to log to another machine.
Any suggestions/instructions how to achieve this? Any
experienced users regarding this matter?