Alexander Stephen Thomas Ross maillist_qi-hardware at
Mon Mar 18 14:09:55 EDT 2013

On 18/03/13 09:28, Elena ``of Valhalla'' wrote:
> On 2013-03-17 at 00:54:28 +0000, Alexander Stephen Thomas Ross wrote:
>> interest to him. I was also thinking that cartridges would help
>> space wise. One SD for games games games! Another SD of every thing
>> else. This way you have space left for music,videos,info,etc. Then
>> again this would be mass marketed and so more NN made and so I guess
>> one could make the internal flash bigger! Doh!
>> [...]
>> Regarding free space on the internal flash, OPKG can install pkgs in
>> odd places like "/mnt/sd/".
> the people at OpenPandora faced a similar problem and developed
> the PND format as a solution: they are squashfs images with an installed
> application and its dependencies (beyond what the default OS
> provides), mounted on request by a small helper program.
> An additional rw layer is stored in another directory on the SD card,
> for user changes.
> This way the card is totally self contained and can be
> plugged and unplugged without worry.
> Many users have different cards for different activities,
> in a cartridge-like fashion, except that the base OS is not
> duplicated.
> There is nothing explicitely pandora-dependant on it, but I don't
> think anobudy has ever tried to run it somewhere else, some work
> may be needed.
> One caveat: the pandora has relatively a lot of memory (256MB on the
> original models, 512MB today) and very little NAND space (512MB):
> applications on the NAND are problematic, wasting a bit of RAM
> for a daemon is not.

The GNU/Linux distribution Puppy has something similar which I believe 
is not such a ram hog.

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