There are already quite a few notes on Linux on the PC110 on the WWW, so I'll
try to address the FreeBSD question. I am running FreeBSD on the PC110 here in
my office, but it took quite a bit of hacking to get my configuration working.
I needed to keep both PC-CARD slots open for I/O options on my PC110, so that
eliminated the possibility of using PCMCIA non-volatile storage devices.
Instead, I use a 15MB CompactFlash card to hold my '/' filesystem and mount
'/usr', '/var and '/tmp' over the network via NFS. But, this configuration
required that I modify the FreeBSD boot floppy image to install just a minimal
'/' filesystem and no '/usr' filesystem, which required setting up an entire
FreeBSD release engineering source tree in my local environment.
Since it sounds like you need to keep only one PC-CARD slot open for an
Ethernet card, one possibility might be to get one of the PCMCIA Type
II-format SanDisk flash cards (See: www.sandisk.com). But, some problems you
might run into are:
1) I don't know whether the PC110 would recognize the Type II SanDisks or
not (it *should* recognize them, since they support the ATA interface)
2) I don't know whether using a Type II SanDisk in one of thePC-CARD slots
would disable the other slot or not
3) SanDisks are prohibitively expensive (I would guesstimate that ~100MB
worth of SanDisk would cost about as much as the PC110 itself!)
If you decide to go the SanDisk PC-CARD Type II route, I would recommend the
85MB card as a minimum for installing FreeBSD. (This should allow installing
the "minimum user" distribution from www.FreeBSD.org.) If you decide to go the
CompactFlash with NFS-mounts option, let me know if you'd like any further
hints and tips on how to set up FreeBSD to support this.
OK - good luck and enjoy your new PC110!
templin nospam at erg.sri.com