This tutorial tries to show you how to setup a wonderful quiet fanless system.
I’ve bought a LEX NEO, a terribly nice Mini-ITX fanless barebone which includes an onboard bootable CF-card slot.
Thomas Bocek (nope.ch) helped me out with the following configuration.
The idea was:
- The harddisk should only run when used
- The whole system should be stored on a CF-card
- We don’t want to stress our CF-card. Directories with a lot of access like /var/log should be run in RAM
We decided to install Debian Linux by USB-install, using a USB-stick instead of running some PXE network install which seems to be far more complicated.
Here’s a short HOWTO (for more detailed instructions, please check Debian USB memory stick booting:
Download boot.img.gz (7.9 MB). Also, download the official netinst image (108 MB). If you can’t find it, check http://www.debian.org/CD/netinst/ and download the stable i386 version.