Portable USB Drive Boots PCs into Mandriva
Hard drive vendor LaCie has teamed up with Mandriva on a bus-powered USB 2.0 hard drive preloaded with desktop Linux.Hard drive vendor LaCie has teamed up with Mandriva on a bus-powered USB 2.0 hard drive preloaded with desktop Linux. The "GlobeTrotter" boots Mandriva Linux LE 2005, and is available in 40GB and 80GB models priced at $140 and $199, respectively. The GlobeTrotter drives feature an industrial design by F.A. Porsche. The devices have rubber feet, a passively cooled case design, and a low-power drive that, unlike most USB drives, requires no separate power adapter, instead pulling power through the host PCs USB port.
The GlobeTrotter devices are based on 2.5-inch (laptop-size) drives spinning at 5400rpm. The 80GB model has an 8MB buffer, while the 40GB version has a 2MB buffer. A 14GB ext3 partition holds Mandrivas root filesystem, with the remaining space split on both models between an ext3 partition for Linux /home files, and a partition formatted with a filesystem (likely VFAT) compatible with Windows and Mac computers.