Been spending the day, on and off, trying to get a Linux
distro installed on the X-board.
Decided to focus on Debian (network install)
(install to a bootable USB drive on another system).
I found this
site which describes the process for adapting an
existing system to USB-boot.
The challenge with the X-board is that the onboard 128MB
is the primary IDE partition - /dev/hda - and you can
install one other IDE device as the slave - /dev/hda. The
bios supports booting from /dev/hda, /dev/hdb (HD or CDROM),
USB (mass storage), or network. No second IDE channel for
/dev/hdc and /dev/hdd devices. I have a regular IDE DVD-ROM
drive and one of those external USB HD cases. I can boot
off an HD in the USB case, but stock-Linux installs "forget"
that they're running off USB; the DVD-ROM isn't recognized
as being a bootable device, so it has to be in the /dev/hdb
IDE device mode to be usable.
So now I'm going to try the LFS route onto a bootable USB
IDE drive, then use that to build a more compact install
into the onboard /dev/hda 128MB flash.
Now if I could just find a source for the
200-pin SODIMM connectors to built a 'bot around this