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Okay, so here's the skinny I recently picked up one of these:

And one of these:

And plan on putting the two together with a PC running Linux (distro agnostic in this particular case) to run this software (which I took part in developing many eons ago:

Here's the hitch: The game software caches song data to a directory for quicker access during gameplay, but during initialization and gameplay the cache parsing is limited by the access time and speed of the drive it's stored on; For example, on my sig rig with a Crucial M4 256gb, it takes around 2-4m to start the game... this is somewhat unacceptable. So what I'd like to do is boot as much of the OS as possible into ram (for quicker execution of everything) and copy the game files, including cache but excluding the songs, charts and background animations (~50-75gb anyway, so its not feasible to load into ram) so that the game boots much more quickly, and menus load faster (since menus have to parse the cache, which can become quite large. From there I will store things like the save data on the SSD. When the game is closed, the system goes to suspend, or every 1 hour (whichever comes first) I will page the data back to the ssd...

What distro would you suggest I use to do this? Any specific pointers you suggest I follow? I only ask because this is relatively niche and I was wondering if anybody has used a similar setup for something different.
    
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You might want to look at the Linux live scripts along with SLAX or see about turning the finalized OS image you intend to use into a an img to load as initram (I think that's how it works)? There were some Gentoo discussions on how to do this IIRC so you might dig around there.
     
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