Boot Linux distro off of mp3 player
I checked and didn't see anything that answered my question all of the way, so I am starting a new thread.
Here is my intent. I want to have a portable mp3 player with quite bit of storage space, like an Ipod or Rio Carbon. I know I can achieve this without much effort. Now, I want to take that USB cable or whatever it has on it, and boot a computer off of it. And not just some backup emergency thing. I want a window manager like fluxbox, a few important files, a few key applications like vi, firefox, my music, etc. But I want this thing to still function as it was intended to be as an mp3 player. It does not necessarily have to keep the factory firmware.
Does anyone think this is possible? I have already made a bootable disk that resembles my current desktop, so I know how to do that. Does anyone have one of these mp3 players, or know anything how they are built? Do the mp3 players come with backup software? How are they formatted?
I think one of the problems is that the hard drive aren't made quite like the hard drive in my computer, and I have heard they might run into some sorts of problems regarding heat dissipation. I can't have been the first person to think of this; has anyone done this, or know anyone that has? Which is the best mp3 player to use?