[CentOS] Re: Centos 4.x and embeded x86 (wrap, pcengines)

Wed Dec 6 19:01:18 UTC 2006
chrism at imntv.com <chrism at imntv.com>

Oliver Schulze L. wrote:
> Scott Silva wrote:
>> It might just be easier to get a small 1u rackmount and put it on 
>> that. The
>> hardest part will be getting the system to not hammer the CF to death 
>> with
>> writes. Most of the embedded systems hold writes to a minimum, and do 
>> them in
>> batches so the CF lasts longer.
> Thats a good point, I should look into the constant write problem.
> I was thinking in an embedded platform for its costs, low space, low 
> power consumption
> and disk less operation.

I suspect that most folks would probably wind up using the system as a 
paperweight long before the CF has degraded unless you were doing 
extremely write intensive tasks with it.  The newer flash parts claim to 
have an "endurance" of millions of writes and and MTBF of millions of 
hours.  Granted, I wouldn't use them to store index files for my usenet 
feed, but that's a LOT of writes.  :)  And given how the prices of CF 
are dropping like a stone, you could always pre-emptively rotate new 
parts in and use old ones in your digital camera/etc.