Ok, I'll try to answer both all in one go.  hopefully others will turn up good 
links.  googling for some of the ideas I'm mentioning will be your friend

On Wednesday 12 February 2003 10:19 pm, Walter wrote:
> Steve Bertrand wrote:
> > The reason for this is so I can make my boxes much smaller and much 
> > faster (no hdd i/o).
> > 
> > 1. Is it possible to do a custom r/o install of Free onto a CD?

yes.  it's called makiing a release.  see:
and   man release

> > 2. Is it possible to run FreeBSd out of memory with no hdd?

yes.  it would be running on a ramdisk.  search the archives, there have been 
many conversations about the best way to do that.  Maybe mfs is what you're 
looking for:   man mfs

> This is a novice wondering out loud: To keep things
> small, is it possible to use the new memory cards
> (for digital cameras) instead of a hard drive? The

yes.  look for a compact flash - IDE adapter.  You can then run off of a 
comapct flash card.


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