(Sorry if this has been discussed before. I've looked through many of the more-recent posts here and couldn't find anything.)
I'd like to set up an IO as a nice little X/vnc terminal (or really anything cheap with an LCD screen, since my main system is a laptop with a busted screen, I have very little desk space, hauling a CRT ~1500 miles a few times a year between home and school isn't an option, and my financial situation for next year is still a bit up in the air, so buying a whole new full-fledged, reasonably portable system isn't something I want to commit to yet). A hacked IO seems ideal for this, with the added bonus of geek-out factor ;) So my two questions:
1. Since I'm probably not really going to be using it as a standalone system, would I even need a hard drive? I imagine 16MB would be plenty (especially if I were to stick with QNX) to run vnc, and possibly X. Is there any way to update the flash contents with something that could do this? Or even drop to a shell and mount NFS? I've got plenty of disk space on another system that would work perfectly for this.
2. Why exactly must the BIOS be re-flashed? (I'm just curious. I know it's probably obvious, but it's too late for me to think clearly...)