Is possible Linux on flash memory?

Steven James pyro at
Fri May 7 22:03:01 CEST 2004


I've checked in the start of USB booting in util/baremetal/usb.
It will actually load an ELF image written to the raw device. I haven't
been able to find enough time yet to integrate it into FILO, but it should
probably go there.


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On Fri, 7 May 2004, Ken Fuchs wrote:

> LinuxBIOS doesn't support USB pen drives or USB compact flash.  It does
> support ATA (IDE) flash devices.
> On a normal (proprietary) BIOS:
> Booting from USB is supported on many newer motherboards with a BIOS
> that supports this.  I use Flonix to boot from a 64MB USB pen drive:
> The Flonix forums are at:
> I also tried Puppy Linux (, but the USB
> bootloader (syslinux 2.08) didn't work for me.  Using Knoppix 3.3
> 2-16-2004, I was able to install it's syslinux 2.04 bootloader:
> # syslinux /dev/sda1
> To make Flonix bootable, you can also use the above command from
> the Knoppix live CD.
> (The first USB flash is /dev/sda, if there are _no_ SCSI drives.
> Otherwise, USB flash is the last "SCSI" device, i.e. /dev/sdc with two
> SCSI hard drives with special files /dev/sda and /dev/sdb.)
> There are other Linux distributions built to be installed on a USB pen
> drive or flash.
> Check out for general Linux USB information.
> BTW, I sent Flavio a private e-mail to flavio_groups at and it
> bounced.  So, I'm forced to answer via the LinuxBIOS mailing list.
> Sorry.
> Sincerely,
> Ken Fuchs <kfuchs at>
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