LEX NEO – A fanless CF-Boot Setup

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.

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Rsync – Full System Mirroring

Rsync is a command line utility traditionally used in synchronizing files between two computers over the network, but rsync can also be used as an effective backup tool.
This article explains how to use rsync to backup your whole Linux system setup to a second drive attached to your system. You can use a removable drive, such as an external USB hard drive, so that you can store the backups in a safe place away from your working environment.

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Linux kernel compilation HOWTO

I’d just like to publish this small kernel compilation HOWTO’s that I once wrote and used by myself each time compiling a new kernel.
They are just quick and dirty HOWTO’s that cover the commands used to compile a kernel, nothing more than that. But I’m sure someone might find them useful.
Kernel compiling is easy! Don’t be afraid of it. Just be careful when configuring your bootloader, e.g. LILO – first think and then act, especially if you’re compiling a new kernel on a remote host where you haven’t got any physical access.

If you wish further information about kernel compilation under Debian, consult this wonderful tutorial:
again, to make it short, really really short, here’s what to do under Debian:

Good luck and happy compiling!