Linux and the hungry Penguin

Memory madness

Category: Linux
Posted: 2005-03-23 05:21, Edited: 2005-03-23 11:21

I have set up my test machine to run Fedora Core 3 and in the coming days I will be writing a review... But before that I want to rant a bit about memory requirements. The FC3 release notes say that the minimum memory requirements for INSTALLATION are:

- Minimum for text-mode: 64MB
- Minimum for graphical: 192MB
- Recommended for graphical: 256MB

I just couldn't believe it!!! :(

We are talking about installation here, not even running the system... I deal with a lot of older hardware, PII and PIII type machines, and the FC people are telling me that just to have a graphic install I need 256MB of memory.

Early in my computer career, I workd for Digital Equipment Corp (DEC), those guys who made the VAX computers (later they went on to make the Alpha chip, a true 64 bit chip long before Intel and AMD where thinking about 64 bits :cool: ), I used to run a full multi-tasking OS with X Windows and Motif on a micro VAX with only 32MB...

Where has it all gone wrong?
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