[Nottingham] PiXiE distibution

Mark Sheppard nottingham at mailman.lug.org.uk
Thu Dec 5 21:58:01 2002

I'm interested in more information - I have a mini via-pc that I'm looking 
at using as a divx/mp3 player and was going to use win98 on. How small is 
this?  I'm hoping to fit an OS onto a 256Mb compactflash card which I'm 
using as a HD

At 16:43 05/12/2002 +0000, you wrote:
>Hi folks,
>After blabbing about my miniature distribution at last night's meeting,
>I thought I should let people take a look at it. it is called "PiXiE"
>and has a temporary home at one of my other projects at...
>    http://prdownloads.sourceforge.net/tvlistings/pixie_1.zip?download
>This package consists of the /tftpboot dir that resides on a Linux or
>Windows DHCP/boot server. One can take a look at the contents of the
>ramdisk (initrd) by mounting it thus...
>    mount initrd /mnt -t cramfs -o loop
>...and one may get a better feel of it by...
>    chroot /mnt
>...but to run it, one would need a Via Eden machine (see
>http://www.mini-itx.com/) -- although theoretically it should run on a
>typical i386 with pxe, via rhine lan, Trident Blade3D gfx, & 256mb ram.
>The startup procedure is pretty straightforward...
>init -> /etc/inittab -> ::sysinit:/etc/pixie.init -> ...
>I would very much like to demonstrate it at the Feb meeting -- by then I
>will have organised a good housing for the little boards.
>Michael Erskine
>Senior Software Engineer
>Jasmin Simtec Limited
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