I was looking for a solution to a storage server that contains a single HDD using LVM and served over Samba. I wanted the system to run from a USB stick (The box that housed it could only hold a single disk). This led me to a few places, one of them was of course openfiler. This sounded great but thought it slightly overkill for my needs. I looked around for a mini distro and after hitting all the usual suspects, Puppy, DSL etc, I finally stumbled onto a distro that impressed me and made me go… ooh, this is cool!
Introducing Slitaz, A tiny distribution (40mb) that fits in the palm of your hand. (Okay, all distros do when on a USB stick). But this is just pure joy. You can install it to a HDD, run it Live, install it to a USB stick or even PXE boot the thing.
That’s not all;
- The USB version runs entirely in RAM. This means you protect the life span of your memory card for an extremely long time.
- It allows software upgrades in place which means you get security patches when needed.
- It has a growing repository of applications available.