<br><br><div><span class="gmail_quote">On 10/31/06, <b class="gmail_sendername">Richard Smith</b> <<a href="mailto:email@example.com">firstname.lastname@example.org</a>> wrote:</span><blockquote class="gmail_quote" style="border-left: 1px solid rgb(204, 204, 204); margin: 0pt 0pt 0pt 0.8ex; padding-left: 1ex;">
Chris Ziomkowski wrote:<br><br>> Second, the mainboards all come with an 8 Mbit BIOS flash. Will this be<br>> enough to boot Linux directly? There is no IDE capability on these<br>> boards, so the only disk options are USB or SATA. I don't need video
<br>> support. There will only be a serial console.<br><br>Missed this on the previous response. Yes 8Mbit will work fine. OLPC<br>was doing exactly that and we lose 128KiB to binary blobs.</blockquote><div><br>
I just shipped a K8 system (SUNW ultra40) to a user with a 1 MB flash
-- in which we put a full kernel, initrd, SATA drives, ext3, etc. etc.
plus busybox. <br>
It's wonderful. Boots to ash in 10 seconds or less. And, unlke the proprietary BIOS, it can boot with only one CPU installed. <br>