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Thanks for the suggestion. I've been watching my bandwidth usage over the past few days though, I was thinking that a GB wasn't going to be very much in terms of image hosting, I've got way more left than I originally thought I'd have.
I'm gonna be giving DSL a try here soon. I saw the new release of Sabayon, gonna try that out as well.
Where did you buy your CF converter from? Can you point me to the webstore? I'd like to try one of the ones you have considering you've verified higher transfer rates than 6.5MB, and they're dirt cheap anyways. :-P If at all possible, I'd like to rule out the converter itself as the reason why I'm not getting the transfer rates that I should be getting.
I especially like that female one for the fact that it looks like it would just plug in directly into the motherboard, I wouldn't have to worry about the IDE cable and mounting issues.(see my pics for reference)
As others have also noted on the web, it cries out to have dozens
assembled into a cheap supercomputer, e.g. a Linux Beowulf cluster.
Just need memory and a drive, per board, supply them all power, and
network them through a switch.
I was thinking USB pen drives, till I found this thread.
On the other hand, USB pen drives would save on the conversion
hardware, and wouldn't matter after booting if one then used a RAM
With a new pc with usb boot support you can directly use USB sticks for linux. Little ones with 1/2 GB are enough to run a Linux livesystem (compressed), bigger ones can hold even a hd install. The install onto usb is a bit tricky, but possible. The sticks that work have usually a 512 byte sector size, one 2 GB stick I have got has 2048 sector size - that does not work. There is a simple check for it:
blockdev --getss /dev/XXX
Older pc can be used to boot from a cd with kernel/initrd stored on it and root fs on usb. And there are much faster usb sticks than 6 mb/s...