USB Thumbstick Embedded OS?
Ive had this idea for a few years but its just started to become really possible with the recent drop in usb thumbstick prices.
Has anyone successfully emedded an OS onto one of these? Im having problems getting an OS into one.
My idea is for a 512MB or 1GB thumb drive to contain the OS, drivers, and media control software only, then you can plug in say an 80GB travelstar into the front console of the car via usb kit, to access media. (or leave it plugged in at the motherboard permanently)
A few good things come to mind like incredibly fast boot times, perfectly stable OS, extremely low power consumption, and incredible durability and ruggedness.
Ive managed to install simple boot disks (dos, win98) to the thumbdrive and boot off of them. But I cant seem to get a working OS onto one. Even win98SE would run perfectly stable on one of these. I would even be cool with being able to get a small Linux distribution to boot up, but all the ones I find either dont install to the thumbdrive properly or dont work at all.
Maybe a compact flash card with an IDE connector would work?
Any tips, or sure fire methods to get this working would be absolutley awesome. Im sure its possible and would benefit a lot of people.