OK, here is the idea but have not started the hack yet.
First, my WS was always going to be a server in my Jeep Cherokee with an I-Opener and assorted other devices networked to it. This will be my first "ground up" network project, if I break something that is the cost of learning.
Was planning on OpenBSD or FreeBSD for the WS, pull the onboard power supply and build an isolated DC power supply in the vehicle (12v in, 19v, 12v and 5v out, filtered, isolated) to have a real "always on" system.
After pulling the WS powersupply, was going to add laptop drives in that space. I think the board (after COM1 hack) only supports 4 IDE devices (one per port)? Using 6.4 Gig drives in RAID 5 is still some hefty storage for a Jeep. Will have 128 Meg (or more, not sure yet) RAM and overclocked CPU.
Also, USB hub inside WS and maybe a couple of hubs in different places in vehicle or just run USB to well placed sockets in vehicle.
The vehicle WILL have DVD, CD-RW, ZIP and Floppy in the console (forward of shifter), may want to use the video out on WS to go to a VCR (big maybe).
Big questions for you real-deal network guys: will OBSD or FBSD with USB support and RAID5 support fit onto the 16 Meg flash?
If not, will using WS as a RAID server and having the multi-media devices run on the I-Opener in Linux?
Thanks in advance, looking forward to your ideas.