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Possible to install Linux from CF card, or run from?

I have an old Omnibook 800 which I can't get to support a CD drive and get quite get connected to internet because of previous corporate configuration of Windows 98 and don't want to make it my life's workto do either- but hope I could, once Linux installed and mixed up 98 de-installed. As CF cards get larger and larger and cheaper and cheaper I am using one to transfer files. I did this to load Windows CE drivers in a handheld. If I could get a Linux installation program onto a CF,I could then install on hard drive, perhaps even operate from CF as from a CD, or I wonder best of all, complete operate from CF and elimate hard drive all together. In my idiot savant mind, operating system in flash memory ought to be very fast and low power usage - even save weight by removing hard drive. Any opinions, knowledge or actual experience.
IM

System specs:
I have many more advanced computers but want to do this on an Omnibook 800CS, with less than 1 gig HD, no USB(although it will recognize a USB 2.0 PCMCIA card). I use a $5 PCMCIA adapter card for the CF Memory which is 256mb but will probably get a 512 card soon. Incidentally, read in a windows forum that if trying to run windows from a CF card, the swap file would probably burn up the card.

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