Joined: Oct. 2003
||Posted: Feb. 06 2007,23:35
Using as a super floppy, i.e., tar backup/restore is by far easier on flash then any part of a live filesystem.
There are many articles about NAND and NOR style flash memory devices and how inefficent they are for general filesystem usage. That is why special filesystems, JFFS and JFFS2 are made to spread of the wites and therefore the life of a flash device.
Still my experiences with these are they are very slow.
When using flash with traditional filesytem, I have heard of one user who's flash died after one month of usage
Don't take my word for it. Do your homework and draw your own conclusions.
Since DSL is a general use distro and not a specialized flash distro, I will continue to recommend flash only as a super floppy/tape drive storage media and or a random access read-only device. Perfect for DSL frugal type installations.
I don't like to see posts that DSL killed by pendrive, because they decided to use flash for a traditional or frugal hybrid, (persistence) installation. For it is this, that prompts to me, to respond to these posts.