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What linux distro would fit on a 256mb disk on chip drive, or if i use 2 256mb drives?
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There are several linux distros which are small and many can run on solid state/flash drives. These are generally the most popular

DSL(damn small linux)
Puppy Linux
Knoppix
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Agree on DSL, it's under 50Mb and works a treat!
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Everytime I try to install DSL, it does a whole bunch of things and then tells me I am out of disk space.Also I am new to Linux, but when I install, I can't install to "hda,hdb" instead I have to install to "sdc" or something in that nature. Can someone explain, or give me detailed step by step instructions on how to go about this. Thanks
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I've never installed on flash drive before, but here is a wiki page concerning the subject:

http://damnsmalllinux.org/wiki/index.php/Installing_to_a_USB_Flash_Drive
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didifool213:
hda and hdb etc. are what IDE devices are referred to as.  Say an ATA HDD or CD/DVD rom drive.  The sda, sdb, etc. are what USB, SATA, flash drives, etc. are referred to as.  You can see which serial device, sd[a-z], is being assigned which letter by running the `dmesg` command.  
DSL is a great distro, though I have found SLAX much more to my liking.  http://slax.org/
Here is a great list of distros, the uses, and a min/max size.  http://www.frozentech.com/content/livecd.php
You can install the liveCDs to your media and use the second for userspace, some options have an install to disk option.  Just remember to leave some room for a swap partition (about the size of your RAM is a good start.)
Here is a tutorial that might help (at the bottom is the link to the DSL tutorial if theirs does not work for you)
http://www.pendrivelinux.com/2007/01/02/all-in-one-usb-dsl/
Good luck!
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