Most computers that were built within the past 36 months or so have DVD drives... What's the reason for wanting it on a CD? The size will only get bigger with more tests.
Damn Small Linux is 50 MB, which might also sound ridiculous.
Why? Well, for the challenge first. Having a DVD drive most of the time doesn't mean it's the only one to target. Some even have no removable drives (by choice I suppose). Having to burn a DVD for only 1 Gig doesn't make me want to go for it. Or make it 4 Gigs and I'll be happy!
Unless this is for testing monster machines that already are unaffordable to most people -- you know, like «who's got the biggest...»
I don't know... Since PTS has testing profiles, why not categorize? Like profiles for CPU/memory/disk benchmarking only, video, 3D/2D, whatever. Amongst these profile sets, there must be which don't necessarily require that lot of resources, right? Also is Gnome absolutely unavoidable? Or is a lighter desktop also possible? Like XFCE, LXDE... I think there should be many ways to fine-tune the size and requirements of a PTS distribution.
I've been having trouble downloading PTS Desktop Live from softpedia -- stupid flaky WiFi! -- so I thought I might get it via a torrent. I googled 'torrent PTS Desktop' but came up empty... I wonder if anyone has seeded one yet? If not, and assuming Phoronix has no objections, and further assuming that I manage to download a clean copy, would it make sense for me to start a torrent of it?
My plan is to install PTS Desktop Live on a SD card and run it off that. I've never created a Live USB stick before, but I assume it can be done using "Create a USB Startup Disk" (on Ubuntu Intrepid)?