FreeBSD-like linux distro?
wojtek at wojtek.tensor.gdynia.pl
Wed Jun 11 13:33:45 UTC 2008
now i made my tests with FreeBSD 7. no installer, my semi-custom kernel i
use everywhere on x86 (everything moduled, all needed things in
i used qemu
16MB RAM - boots without problems, no swapping at all
12MB - boots without problems, little bit swapping
10MB - boots without problems, more swapping, hanged after booting
multiuser, before displaying login. probably out of kernel memory for
10MB again - after turning of all consoles but the first, boots fine,
somehow usable, but for routers should be OK.
then i made REALLY custom kernel. minimal but enough for a router.
was able to get down to 9MB.
so - on 12MB 486DX, FreeBSD 7 is useful system for routing, firewalling,
small nameserver, general control etc.
with 16MB - swap is barely touched.
486DX machines with 8-16MB RAM and small (like 100-500MB) disks are for
free here, ISA network cards too.
good to know they can run newest FreeBSD release!
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