svn commit: r49254 - head/en_US.ISO8859-1/books/handbook/bsdinstall

Warren Block wblock at
Fri Aug 12 18:02:54 UTC 2016

Author: wblock
Date: Fri Aug 12 18:02:53 2016
New Revision: 49254

  Update Handbook hardware requirements.  Patch supplied by Timothy Moore
  II <timmoore88 at> (slightly modified).
  PR:		210360
  Submitted by:	Drew <drew at>


Modified: head/en_US.ISO8859-1/books/handbook/bsdinstall/chapter.xml
--- head/en_US.ISO8859-1/books/handbook/bsdinstall/chapter.xml	Fri Aug 12 12:59:35 2016	(r49253)
+++ head/en_US.ISO8859-1/books/handbook/bsdinstall/chapter.xml	Fri Aug 12 18:02:53 2016	(r49254)
@@ -140,36 +140,33 @@
   <sect1 xml:id="bsdinstall-hardware">
     <title>Minimum Hardware Requirements</title>
-    <para>The hardware requirements to install &os; vary by the
-      hardware architecture.  Hardware architectures
+    <para>The hardware requirements to install &os; vary by 
+      architecture.  Hardware architectures
       and devices supported by a &os; release are listed on the
-      Release Information page of the &os; web site (<link
-	xlink:href="&url.base;/releases/index.html"></link>).</para>
+      <link
+        xlink:href="&url.base;/releases/index.html">&os; Release Information</link>
+      page.
+      The <link xlink:href="&url.base;/where.html">&os; download page</link>
+      also has recommendations for choosing the
+      correct image for different architectures.</para>
+    <para>A &os; installation requires a minimum of 64 MB of
+      <acronym>RAM</acronym> and 1.5 GB of free hard drive space.
+      However, such small amounts of memory and disk space are really
+      only suitable for custom applications like embedded appliances.
+      General-purpose desktop
+      systems need more resources.  2-4 GB RAM and
+      at least 8 GB hard drive space is a good starting point.</para>
-    <para>A &os; installation will require a minimum 64 MB of
-      <acronym>RAM</acronym> and 1.5 GB of free hard drive space
-      for the most minimal installation.  However, that is a
-      <emphasis>minimal</emphasis> install, leaving almost no
-      free space.  RAM requirements depend on usage.  Specialized
-      FreeBSD systems can run in as little as 128MB RAM while desktop
-      systems should have at least 4 GB
-      of <acronym>RAM</acronym>.</para>
-    <para>The processor requirements for each architecture can be
-      summarized as follows:</para>
+    <para>These are the processor requirements for each architecture:</para>
-	  <para>This is the most common type of processor desktop and
-	    laptop computers will have.  Other vendors may call this
-	    architecture <acronym>x86-64</acronym>.</para>
-	  <para>There are two primary vendors of &arch.amd64;
-	    processors: &intel; (which produces
-	    <acronym>Intel64</acronym> class processors) and AMD
-	    (which produces <acronym>AMD64</acronym>).</para>
+	  <para>This is the most common desktop and laptop processor type,
+	    used in most modern systems. &intel; calls it <acronym>Intel64</acronym>.
+	    Other manufacturers sometimes call it <acronym>x86-64</acronym>.</para>
 	  <para>Examples of &arch.amd64; compatible processsors
 	    include: &amd.athlon;64, &amd.opteron;,
@@ -181,7 +178,7 @@
-	  <para>This architecture is the 32-bit x86
+	  <para>Older desktops and laptops often use this 32-bit, x86
 	  <para>Almost all i386-compatible processors with a floating
@@ -190,12 +187,12 @@
 	  <para>&os; will take advantage of Physical Address
 	    Extensions (<acronym>PAE</acronym>) support on
-	    <acronym>CPU</acronym>s that support this feature.  A
+	    <acronym>CPU</acronym>s with this feature.  A
 	    kernel with the <acronym>PAE</acronym> feature enabled
 	    will detect memory above 4 GB and allow it to be used
-	    by the system.  This feature places constraints on the
-	    device drivers and other features of &os; which may be
-	    used; refer to &man.pae.4; for details.</para>
+	    by the system.  However, using <acronym>PAE</acronym> places constraints on
+	    device drivers and other features of
+	    &os;.  Refer to &man.pae.4; for details.</para>
@@ -250,8 +247,8 @@
 	  <para>Systems supported by &os;/&arch.sparc64; are listed at
-	    the FreeBSD/sparc64 Project (<link
-	      xlink:href="&url.base;/platforms/sparc.html"></link>).</para>
+	    the <link
+	      xlink:href="&url.base;/platforms/sparc.html">FreeBSD/sparc64 Project</link>.</para>
 	  <para><acronym>SMP</acronym> is supported on all systems
 	    with more than 1 processor.  A dedicated disk is required
@@ -1673,8 +1670,8 @@ Ethernet address 0:3:ba:b:92:d4, Host ID
       <para>If one or more disks are missing from the list, or if
 	disks were attached after the installer was started, select
 	<guibutton>- Rescan Devices</guibutton> to repopulate the list
-	of available disks.  To ensure that the correct disks are
-	selected, so as not to accidently destroy the wrong disks, the
+	of available disks.
+	To avoid accidentally erasing the wrong disk, the
 	<guibutton>- Disk Info</guibutton> menu can be used to inspect
 	each disk, including its partition table and various other
 	information such as the device model number and serial number,
@@ -1737,7 +1734,7 @@ Ethernet address 0:3:ba:b:92:d4, Host ID
       <title>Shell Mode Partitioning</title>
       <para>When creating advanced installations, the
-	<application>bsdinstall</application> paritioning menus may
+	<application>bsdinstall</application> partitioning menus may
 	not provide the level of flexibility required.  Advanced users
 	can select the <guibutton>Shell</guibutton> option from the
 	partitioning menu in order to manually partition the drives,

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