Yes. You can install to a thumb drive, and you can also use live mode which doesn't let you write or change the OS (at the cost of some boot speed).2) Can LinuxICE be run off a USB thumbdrive?
True plug and play is coming to LinuxICE. It can work now with a few skin tweaks.3) Will Linux use any other devices connected to it. Say someone decides they want to use their iPod or Zune or a web cam on their system, would it be plug and play? If not will it be easy for me to set it up so it works?
Yes. Do you want to ever save changes back to the drive at some point? or do you want a complete read only drive? You can do either, just that the former is a lot more work to get working correctly.4) Can I use Linux in a EWF type mode? Basically I want Linux to write to RAM and only read from the thumbdrive. I want this to be done so that the drive lasts longer. Alot of writing will kill the drive faster.
LinuxICE can be skinned to your hearts content.5) Is it easy to customize a skin? I know you will hate me, but I want to create a skin that looks similar to the skin I use in Centrafuse. I want a consistent look. Basically when I turn on the unit, all I want to see is icons that show Media, Video, DVD and Internet, thats it. No other info is required or needed. Maybe an area that shows time and stuff, but thats it.
1Gig is plenty. 2Gigs is more than enough. The atom boards are well supported. Also, I've never installed LinuxICE on anything less than a 4GB stick.6) What hardware should I go with? The motherboards I am using are 1.6 single core atoms. What I am not sure is how much RAM i should use. I was thinking 2GB will be fine (thats the boards max) but do I really need that much? Remember I would like to write to RAM. So maybe 1GB for system and 1GB for Writing? I know Linux isn't aggressive with system usage so what do you guys think I will need for a fairly speedy system. What thumbdrive is recommend. I know the faster the write and read, the better. What size should I get though? How much does Linux use? i was thinking 2GB should be enough.
You shouldn't have a problem removing and adding devices on the fly.7) How does Linux use devices. One devioce, the touchscreen, has to be able to be disconnected and reconnected without issue. Thats how the KVMP does it. I know woth Windows it isnt an issue, but will it with Linux?
LinuxICE is based on Ubuntu so you have the wealth of ubuntu apps with the touchscreen friendliness of LinuxICE.8) I see that Ubuntu has so much I can do.... it has alot of add ons. Is LinuxIce the same way?
LinuxICE makes a great fast little basic system. It only get's complicated when you want to do more advanced things (like display on 3 monitors with separate UI for each..).
If you need any help, feel free to ping me or anyone else here in the linux land.