|I just replied to myself in the Compaq IA area on a related topic. In order to flash my IA-1 to M4I Midori, I made a bootable CF with a pretty full Debian install on the CF. I didn't test it thoroughly, because all I wanted to do was dd to make a copy of the original flash memory and then dd the M4I to it. I think you'll find that only the flash and the CF are bootable. That is, you won't be able to boot your USB drive directly. But you should be able to boot off of CF and then mount your USB drive as /. Keep in mind that these <what do you call them, persistant memories> have a life of only about 10**6 accesses. That is, if you run an operating system on one, your are likely to wear it out.|
You'll have a very difficult time matching Midori for packing stuff into the 16mb flash memory.