How much RAM is needed for FreeBSD
kstewart at owt.com
Sat Apr 5 11:42:03 PST 2003
On Sunday 06 April 2003 12:06 pm, kitsune wrote:
> On Sat, 5 Apr 2003 12:59:23 -0500
> "Matthew Emmerton" <matt at gsicomp.on.ca> wrote:
> > > On Sat, 05 Apr 2003 18:23:18 +0200
> > >
> > > Clemens Jaeger <clemens.jaeger at chello.at> wrote:
> > > > Hello!
> > > >
> > > > I was looking for information : how much RAM is needed to run
> > > > FreeBSD on a Pentium Computer?
> > > > There is no information on your website / documentation for
> > > > Version 5.0
> > >
> > > should be something like 4Mb, iirc
> > *cough*. You haven't tried to install FreeBSD since the 2.2.x days
> > then :)
> > My recommendation is no less than 16MB.
> > --
> > Matt Emmerton
> What was it like back then?
> Yeah, 16 works nicely, which is the smallest amount of ram I've ever
> had in a machine I installed FreeBSD on.
I think numbers like this border on meaningless. They are basically what
you need to just run the system. If you want to use it for something
real, then you need more. How much more depnds on what you want to do.
For example, to use X-Windows, you need 50-64MB just for X. If you want
to do a buildworld, you need Y MBs. You need Y MB to run an
application. If you want to do all of the above at the same time, then
you have to assign values to Y and add what is appropriate together. I
think the smallest machine that I used and didn't see a lot of swapping
was 128 MB. Swapping drops your effective memory speed from 8ns to 8
ms. That is hard to over come with any OS.
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