Flash Card Boot?

Flash Card Boot?

Post by Joseph T. Klei » Thu, 13 Nov 1997 04:00:00

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Has anyone found a nice way to boot FreeBSD off of a flash card?
Please enlighten me as to what is needed and what hardware
you used.

I was thinking of trying out the trick used on the Ascend GRFs
(they run BSDI) where you boot off a compressed file system
on a flash card. I was thinking that FreeBSD systems at remote
locations would be far better of if at least " /"  came up on a non
rotating media.

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Flash Card Boot?

Post by Soren Kristense » Thu, 13 Nov 1997 04:00:00

I'm working on a project where I'm going to use FreeBSD in some embedded
internet devices. One of my boot options will be flash.

So far I'm planning to use Sandisk Flash memory, either CompactFLASH or
their discrete chipset solution, checkout http://www.sandisk.com

In that way it should be very easy, Sandisk emulate IDE disks, so it
just a matter of getting everything you need down in as little size
flash as possible, just like when you're making install floppies....

But as FreeBSD is pretty new to me, any ideas and thoughts is very
appreciated, I'm mostly a hardware designer.