Posted: 2005-12-30 03:22, Edited: 2005-12-30 09:22
As some of you know, one of my little complaints about modern software, and in this case operating systems, is the amount of memory they need. We used to run Ultrix (A Unix variant) with X Windows in only 32MB. I remember in those days we had a machine with 128MB and it was our pride and joy. (For those interested it was a MIPS R3000 box again with Ultrix and we used it for a lot of testing for the X.500 directory product we were working on).
Now of course I am not saying that operating systems (Linux included) should limit themselves to just a few MBs. No. As the user interface gets more complicated then more memory is needed. However some pieces of software need to go on a diet.
Anyway, I got a bit of trivia from a friend of mine (Hi, M) about memory usage in Windows 2000, XP and Vista. He reckons that a freshly booted Windows 2000 system uses about 194MB memory. Where as XP could be as high as 300MB and Windows Vista Beta 2 using between 440MB and 560MB with nothing running except task manager. Explorer was 30MB and MSSearch 60MB+.
Of course, he and I would like to point out that these tests are not exhaustive and that the Windows Vista figures are for a beta, and it may be a debug build.
However... 560MB without any applications running... Once you start Word, Outlook and IE what will you need? 2GB?