Welcome to the most active Linux Forum on the web.
Go Back > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Newbie
User Name
Linux - Newbie This Linux forum is for members that are new to Linux.
Just starting out and have a question? If it is not in the man pages or the how-to's this is the place!


  Search this Thread
Old 06-25-2010, 02:19 AM   #1
Registered: Aug 2008
Posts: 548

Rep: Reputation: 32
Question x86 distro running from solid-state memory?


I'd like to build a compact x86 host running off a CompactFlash or some equivalent solid-state memory instead of from a SATA disk, to reduce the risk of failure once they're deployed at customers' premises.
Those are SOHO users, so performance is not an issue, but stability is (The less I have to drive to replace faulty hardware and restore data, the better.)

Do you know if the usual suspects (Ubuntu, CentOS, Gentoo, etc.) can easily be made to run from solid-state memory, and if yes, is there some good documentation to customize them thusly?

I assume it's just a matter of tweaking /etc/fstab, but it could be more involved.

Thank you.
Old 06-25-2010, 04:04 AM   #2
Registered: Oct 2003
Location: Tokyo - Japan
Distribution: Slackware
Posts: 348
Blog Entries: 1

Rep: Reputation: 37
Solid State disks run straight out of the box with most up to date distributions.
I found this article on how to improve performance and durability of your SSDs by tweaking the /etc/fstab
Old 06-25-2010, 04:24 PM   #3
Registered: Mar 2008
Posts: 18,481

Rep: Reputation: 2770Reputation: 2770Reputation: 2770Reputation: 2770Reputation: 2770Reputation: 2770Reputation: 2770Reputation: 2770Reputation: 2770Reputation: 2770Reputation: 2770
There is a HUGE difference between CF and solid state drives. The old solid state drives from M-systems are different than modern ssd's.

CF's based system would likely fail significantly faster than any sata drive. In fact I'd bet that any MTBF on a sata versus a modern ssd would still have the sata as much more reliable.

CF based tend to be useful in some kiosk or embedded systems or ones that one might change the cf every few months.
Old 06-26-2010, 08:51 AM   #4
Registered: Aug 2008
Posts: 548

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 32
Thanks guys. So at this point, the recommended alternative to a SATA disk is SSD, and I shouldn't waste time checking other solutions like CompactFlash.

However, SSDs are much more expensive (32Go = 100€). Since price is an issue with this project, I guess I'll go for a 2.5" SATA then.

Thank you.


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Solid state drives are AWESOME. manwichmakesameal General 16 05-30-2010 05:40 PM
Are solid state drives any good? abefroman Linux - Hardware 1 08-13-2009 03:07 PM
Best io-scheduler for Solid State Drive? brentleary Linux - Kernel 2 03-25-2009 01:33 AM
Solid State Hard Drives fatman General 3 01-16-2007 07:06 AM
Solid-State HDD? player_2 Linux - Hardware 12 04-29-2006 02:16 PM > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Newbie

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 10:01 PM.

Main Menu
Write for LQ is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
Facebook: linuxquestions Google+: linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration