On Sun, 13 Feb 2000 lbedford at wbtsystems.com wrote:
> (The main thing that bugs me personally about RedHat is the
> fact that doing a reasonably basic install of 6.0/6.1,
> with the Dev environment on, and kernel development on,
> is between 250-400 Mb... too big for me
If it's too big for you, don't use it. When 2.2 was coming out, it was
clear that it would need more memory than 2.0 - I think 16M is a
reasonable minimum, though I imagine it'll run with 8M, if poorly. 4M
machines can't cut it. At the time, Linus' stated attitude was that if you
wanted to use, or were using, some old 386/486 with 4M of RAM for some
particular job with a particular version, that was fine, and you could
just keep using it - it would obviously keep doing the job.
OTOH as Linux evolved into a more powerful OS it would need more powerful
hardware. Linux has always been able to run in a usable manner with much
lower end hardware than Micro$oft's offerings, but it's unreasonable to
assume that hardware which was OK for the Linux of two years ago will be
OK for the current version.
I hope I'm not coming over as a hardware facist. You can still pick up
hardware suitable to run a current version of Linux in Buy & Sell for a
couple of hundred quid. What's too big about 250-400M if you want to have
a full development and kernel development environment ? 2.2.13 source tree
is ~80M, and then you've got compiler etc. At current prices, 400M of disk
space costs a maximum of 10 quid - where's the problem ?
Niall O Broin
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