[plug] initrd and custom mp3 players

Craig Ringer craig at postnewspapers.com.au
Sat Apr 10 14:08:42 WST 2004

On Sat, 2004-04-10 at 13:50, Matt Kemner wrote:

> > that leaves my drive in read-only, runs from RAM and plays MP3's off the
> All you really need is a kernel, and an "init" which is really just the
> first program it runs, and which does not need to resemble sysvinit or
> anything like that - can be just a shell script.

Indeed. Additionally, you can avoid using a HDD and instead use an ATA
flash device if you like. More expensive, but produces almost no heat,
draws almost no power, and won't break. To do this you really do require
a read-only root FS to avoid wearing out the flash.

Craig Ringer

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