(Ubun2RAM) - Updated for 13.10 I love my little-engine-that-could media server machine. It runs incredibly well on hardware from at least two generations ago; it is completely headless; the entire system loads itself into RAM in the form of a compressed file system; it all fits onto a bootable USB stick; and I can back it up and rebuild it with ease, thanks to the virtualization capability of Oracle's VirtualBox software. This is my recipe (of sorts) for building your very own. …
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Resilient Ubuntu boot-to-RAM USB stick