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I need help finding an OS small enough to fit on a bootable CD. It needs to be able to recognize things like USB devices such as a keyboard, mouse, and usb 1gb storage device.

I would also like to run Folding @ Home....not sure how this works on any other OS but windows. Any and all help is appreciated. This is going to be running on an old P4 desktop computer. The reason i need the OS to be CD bootable is b/c i have no extra hard drive....just a 1 gig usb key
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DSL Linux, you can put it on a bootable USB drive or CD...takes up about 50MB.
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DSL Linux, you can out it on a bootable USB drive or CD...takes up about 50MB.
Link? Forgot to mention, if you do offer me a recommendation, I'd need a link, cause i have no idea what i am doing really, LOL

I have feather linux on a cd now....messed around with it for a while, but i didn't know how to get it to recognize my usb 1gig device.
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http://distrowatch.com

See what tickles your fancy
    
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And, do pretty much all of these things support me running folding at home? I am going to put it on my usb drive....maybe along with the OS. Didn't know you could add the OS to the usb key as well, lol
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http://www.damnsmalllinux.org/

It should be able to run F@H for Linux, see no reason why not.
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post #7 of 18
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And, do pretty much all of these things support me running folding at home? I am going to put it on my usb drive....maybe along with the OS. Didn't know you could add the OS to the usb key as well, lol
Sure you can make the USB key bootable, and any linux distro will run F@H.
    
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post #8 of 18
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Good deal. Thanks everyone I'll kinda go through a few of these to see which one i like best. I'm hoping that with linux that there won't be those annoying background tasks running (like on Windows) which slow Folding @ Home down...
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post #9 of 18
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Originally Posted by funkycasey View Post
And, do pretty much all of these things support me running folding at home? I am going to put it on my usb drive....maybe along with the OS. Didn't know you could add the OS to the usb key as well, lol
As long as your bios supports booting from a usb device, yea it's great.

Also if you'r a windows guy, this might be of interest:

http://digg.com/tech_news/XP_On_Your_Thumb_Drive

It was on the front page the other day.

There is a F@H client for linux.

If you play to fold on linux, and you want the graphical representation just note that graphics card drivers on linux may not be up to par with the windows ones (especially if you'r running ATI). So don't expect to get the performance you get on windows (however I'm sure it still runs fine once configured).

Personally I've used Puppy Linux [ http://www.puppylinux.org ] as a real lightweight easy linux distro. It recognized my external hardrive no problem and my 2 gig flash drive. I've only heard good things about DSL as well.
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can you fold with no hard drive?
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