Tom Sylla wrote:
Ok, talking to guys on IRC and they said to post up here. I've been challenged to see if I can come up with a system that boots in sub 10 seconds to a command prompt with networking. I'm sitting on a few Kino LX800 boards that we use for other projects, but I'm willing to sacrifice one for this.
I would bet you can achieve that goal with that board.
The board has sata onboard using an ALI M5281 controller. It also uses the geode CS5536 ide controller, so the sata stuff may not be an issue.
A Compactflash card on the IDE interface is you best bet for easy speed.
I'd like to to LB and kernel in flash, but if the hardware won't suppor a 16mbit flash, then I'll do lb/filo and boot from CF over the standard ide channel. The board currently has a 49fl004 socketed flash. Plan on using a stripped down debian install, since that's the only one I can reliably shrink.
The 5536 on that board will support up to a 256MB boot ROM, and 2MB LPC ROMs are pretty accessible now.
Ok, the board has a plcc 32 rom socket on it, so it looks like I'm limited to 8mbit without constructive surgery and adding address lines.
Looks like a LB/Filo setup booting off parallel compact flash.
Any good sources for spare flash roms? Digikey?