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Re: What's best way to use Debian w/o my laptop? Flash + union?

unforgettableid <unforgettableid <at> gmail.com> writes:
> I usually get around my city of Toronto, Canada by bicycle.  I fall off my bike
> once a year or so.  Therefore I don't carry breakable electronics like my
> laptop unless I know I will need them.  But I sometimes need to use my Debian
> OS, my files, and some shell scripts I've written when I'm away from home.  So
> I invested Cdn$100 in a 16GB SDHC card to carry in my pocket every day and boot
> Debian Linux from.  I used it for a year, but the card's write speed is quite
> slow, so I've stopped using it.  I now have four options, and wonder which is
> best.
> 1.  Use my laptop's internal hard drive to boot Debian from, and leave my
> laptop running at home every day.  But this costs the environment, and the
> electricity costs add up over time too.
> 2.  Buy a faster flash card.  If you do a Google search for [ cf iometer
> benchmarks ] you can find some.  But this option might cost me Cdn$200 or more;
> option 4 seems like it'll be cheaper and almost as convenient.
> 3.  Buy a 2.5" external HDD.  But I'm told that when these fall, they're much
> more likely to break than flash.
> 4.  At http://rtr.ca/run_from_ram/ there's a tool that easily lets you use some
> union filesystem on top of flash storage to speed things up.  I can set it up
> to union my laptop's internal HDD on top, when it's available.

Followup:  My laptop's onboard Ethernet jack is physically broken.  This week I
plan to buy and set up a USB Ethernet dongle.  I think that when I have time,
I'll try to get Wake-on-LAN to work with that.  If I can't, I will probably go
with the http://rtr.ca/run_from_ram/ option.

Thank you all for all your ideas.


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