Joined: Oct. 2003
||Posted: Aug. 29 2007,19:25
It is writes that will cause failures on CF not reads.
You have unlimited read capabilities on CF/Pendrive devices.
You have a limited number of writes.
So going without toram is not an issue.
Even using DSL's backup restore onto a CF/Pendrive partition is much easier on these devices than installing and running traditionally on such device. We are in a sense using the device as a huge floppy drive.
Running DSL without toram is still like running from the read-only CDROM. In fact, you can eliminate the frugal boot option to force a true read-only parttion and use a second parition for backups, or a secondary removable device for backups, e.g., another CF, a pendrive, a usb mini-hardrive, or even the web.
Selecting jwm is lighter than using fluxbox, not running torsmo is lighter too. Not staring dillo is lighter, not constantly running wmswallow/dmix & mount.app but instead selecting from menu or make an icon for them using icontool. Not displaying a background image. These are all things you can do to maximize use of low memory systems.
DSL does not force decisions on the user, we are more of a construction kit and allow much freedom in how you setup your machine.
However, 192 MB running to toram, no swap, and expecting JAVA/Firefox to run is pushing the limits.