FreeBSD Version recommend for OLD machine

andrew clarke mail at
Tue Mar 16 19:21:54 UTC 2010

On Fri 2010-03-12 00:16:35 UTC-0500, Steve Bertrand (steve at wrote:

> > The machine has a Motherboard that supports 2 double pentium III
> > processors with 1GB of ram and a hard disk with 40GB.

I run FreeBSD 7.2 on a headless 1 GHz Pentium III with 256 MB RAM.


> Again... so long as the system won't change its overall process
> objectives, go to the recent production release, but instead of
> assigning 256M for /, throw 2G at it to be safe.

2 GB for / seems excessive to me.  1 GB should be plenty.  I have 500
MB allocated for FreeBSD 7.2:

Filesystem     Size    Used   Avail Capacity  Mounted on
/dev/ad0s1a    496M    144M    312M    31%    /

Although, with a cheap PCI SATA controller card you should be able to
use current model terabyte-sized hard drives on a Pentium III, so hard
drive space is a bit academic.


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