Not just desktops; too many libraries as well

Lennart Sorensen lsorense-1wCw9BSqJbv44Nm34jS7GywD8/FfD2ys at
Mon Nov 21 15:13:43 UTC 2005

On Sat, Nov 19, 2005 at 12:23:35AM -0500, Howard Gibson wrote:
>    Fedora Core 3 is something over 6MB.  My Pentium 233 laptop with 64MB RAM and a 4GB hard drive is working fine, but I have no plans to upgrade it past Red Hat_8.

Well certainly a current install of Debian has no problem installing in
500M.  With being selective 256M can be done too.  Pick kde and gnome
and all that crap, and maybe 1.5 to 2GB is more in order, but unless you
install stuff you don't need or want, you should never need 6G.  If you
picked everything in Debian (which you can't since well you can't have
all the mail servers installed at once, and you can't have xfree86 and at the same time, etc), it would probably go up somewhere past 10
or 15G.  Fortunately sane distributions only install what you ask for,
not everything (then expecting you to uninstall what you didn't want)

I have also found going to 2.6 kernel has made older systems run faster,
if they have a decent amount of ram (48M seems fine on my 486).

Lennart Sorensen
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