Very Old Computer
gldisater at gldis.ca
Sun Oct 10 16:17:27 PDT 2004
On Sun, 2004-10-10 at 17:28, Ryan Thompson wrote:
> Wayne "Thanatos" McBroom wrote to freebsd-questions at freebsd.org:
> > I got a hold of a Duracom 486/SX. Which FreeBSD do you think would
> > work on it? Just trying to replace the 3.11 system on it. Thanks.
> > Later.....
> I suppose it depends on how much RAM you have. You need more RAM to
> install FreeBSD than you do to actually run it. The release notes for
> 4.10 say this:
> 1.2 Hardware Requirements
> FreeBSD for the i386 requires an 80386 or better processor. The
> sysinstall(8) installation program requires 16MB of RAM; after
> installation, FreeBSD itself can be run in 4-8MB of RAM with a
> pared-down kernel. You will need at least 100MB of free hard drive
> space for the most minimal installation; a more realistic minimum is
> on the order of 250-350MB. See below for ways of shrinking existing
> DOS partitions in order to install FreeBSD.
> If you are not familiar with configuring hardware for FreeBSD, you
> should be sure to read the HARDWARE.TXT file; it contains important
> information on what hardware is supported by FreeBSD.
> If you're short on RAM, you can have great fun cabling the drive in and
> installing with another machine, and then compiling a custom kernel to
> select the appropriate CPU type and remove literally everything you
> don't need. Then, tweak your rc.conf to remove all unnecessary daemons
> (named, sendmail, usbd, and even cron, syslogd and the like, if you can
> survive without).
> - Ryan
Another way to overcome the memory limit:
Jeremy Faulkner <gldisater at gldis.ca>
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