Minimum Install w/ X11 on Virtual PC

Garrett Cooper youshi10 at
Thu Jul 7 19:23:32 GMT 2005

 	You're pressing it a bit considering that X does use up a bit of 
resources, and considering that you have an additional system overlayed on 
top of Windows (I assume you are using XP), you will want to actually go 
out and get more RAM. You are unfortunately working with conditions which 
may become extremely laggy for you and will ultimately lead to less than 
desired performance. I know because I ran Windows XP on vmware, and having 
another Virtual machine running on your computer eats up a lot of 
resources, and hence decreases the peak usable performance of the system 
greatly. Either get at least 512 Mb Ram, or consider switching from 
Gnome/KDE to something doable like Fluxbox, FWM2, or XFCE since they don't 
use nearly as much memory as Gnome/KDE.

On Thu, 7 Jul 2005, Hakim Singhji wrote:

> Hi All,
> I am going to install FreeBSD 5.4 on MS Virtual PC. My PC (IBM
> Thinkpad R51) only has 256MB of RAM available. I do not want to
> install Gnome or KDE however I would like the benefits of colors in
> text editors, backgrounds, etc. as this is going to be a testing
> environment for application development.
> What is the best way to go about doing this? In VPC I allot
> approximately 96MB of RAM for the Virtual Machine and I was thinking
> 256MB for virtual SWAP (would that even help... the default is like
> 166MB for 96MB of RAM... or something like that.
> Again... how can I get the most out of x11/xorg with out using a great
> deal of resources?
> Best,
> -- 
> Hakim Singhji
> hzs202 at
> "Where danger is, grows the saving power also" (qtd. in Heidegger 28).
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