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    Linux -- no hard drive?

    I'm pretty sure you CAN do it because I thought I read where knoppix for example runs from a CD but I want to know --

    which small linux distros can run from an sd card or usb flash drive?

    my goal?

    I have a dozen old P3 motherboards (733mhz) and I hate to junk them -- would like to build some MP3 players if possible.

    would like something lean and fast that would boot up and auto start the player (and do a random play).

    just have one folder of songs -- don't need to fast forward etc -- just PLAY.

    so hopefully I can set it up and then disconnect the keyboard and monitor?

    any help GREATLY appreciated. thanks.

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    Re: Linux -- no hard drive?

    Linux LiveCD option is what you're looking for... most of the Linux distros have it... just download it, burn it to a CD/DVD, then on the PC where you want to run it, change the BIOS to allow boot from CD... and away you go.
    Most should also have an option to allow a boot from USB... same deal...

    all this is dependant upon your mobo allowing boot from sources other than the HDD.

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    Re: Linux -- no hard drive?

    hate to be a brain picker but the sooner I get one built, the better -- any suggestions for a specific distro and media player as well?

    will the program startup be a straightforward procedure?

    some linux OS I've encountered can really be non-user friendly.

    thanks so much.

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    Re: Linux -- no hard drive?

    ok thanks -- went with Lubuntu, love it.

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