Re: Sheevaplug Questions
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From: "Michael Howard" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Friday, April 09, 2010 12:55 PM
Subject: Sheevaplug Questions
My aim with the plug was, is, to replace my 44P-170 RS6000 mail/web
server, currently running debian. .... I intend to use a usb stick for the
data anyway, that is web/mail data.
I'm wondering, now that I've installed to nand, apart from the quicker
boot process, what if any are the advantages of installing to nand?
NAND has some advantages and disadvantages, but the big disadvantage, like
with flash, is that it is subject to limited write cycles. You can't write
to it as many times as you can write to a hard disk.
Of course, it's silent and uses less power, which is a big advantage.
My application requires large amounts of disk space, so I simply got a SATA
hard disk and threw it into a USB enclosure. Total power drawn is 15 watts
(5 for the Sheeva, 10 for the hard disk and enclosure) and it's still small
and light. The Sheeva boots off the hard disk (as any normal Linux machine
does), off a reasonably-sized /boot partition, and has swap space on the
disk just in case it runs out of physical memory. I've mounted the NAND
space but currently I am not using the space; I've left the default
installation there in case I need it.
If you have adequate space, I'd ignore the NAND too. Using the NAND is
probably best when you have a situation where you don't need any more space
than the NAND provides, or you want to use an SD card entirely separately
for some other purpose.