minimum requirements

Derrick Ryalls ryallsd at
Tue Oct 10 11:56:53 PDT 2006

On 10/9/06, Eric Schuele <e.schuele at> wrote:
> On 10/09/06 12:00, free bsd wrote:
> > Thank you everyone for responding to my initial question.
> >
> >   In hindsight I realize I worded my original inquiry inaccurately.  What I am attempting to determine is how well or if ver 6.1 will work on a 4GB hard drive with a Pentium 4 - 3.06GHz cpu and 1GB ram?  The machine has a 232GB hard drive but I have another 4GB drive sitting around being unused that I was thinking of adding to the machine to configure in a dual boot setup with the 4GB drive being totally allocated to FreeBSD.
> Well, as everyone has stated... It depends on what you are doing with
> the machine.
> I have a 512MB USB device running 5.3-RELEASE, Xorg, Fluxbox, nessus,
> nmap, firefox, and a few other tidbits (no ports tree).  Its darn slow
> off USB, but it works.  So yeah, 4GB is sufficient... for some amount of
> functionality.
> If *I* wanted to use a machine, say for a desktop, I'd want no less than
> 20GB.  I have a 20GB disk for a machine, yet I ran out of space while
> trying to set it up the way I wanted.  I had most things setup, then
> tried to compile OO.  I fell back to the package though.
> Either way, everyones point is... It depends.  But I think most would
> say to have a truly useful Desktop, 4GB is a bit slim.  My vote... 20GB+
> HTH.
> >
> >   However, before attempting that task I am trying to determine whether or not it would be even feasible to use a 4GB drive to install v 6.1 or should I use a larger drive to install the many of FreeBSD's features?  And if a larger drive how large of a drive would I need to utilize many or any of its features without limiting myself to a bare bones setup?  Additionally, if the 4GB drive will work how limited would the install/capabilities/features be?
> >
> >   I am not at all opposed to using a larger drive but at the present time do not have a clue as to what size drive I should use for the most flexibility regarding type of installation options.
> >
> >   -art
> >
> >

I didn't see it mentioned (may have missed it), I just wanted to point
out one thing.  There is a bit of a speed difference between a 4gig
drive and a 200gig drive.  If you are using a 3gig CPU, it would be a
shame to have such a huge bottleneck with the hard drive.

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