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Re: [gNewSense-users] gNS Delta -H

From: Kevin Dean
Subject: Re: [gNewSense-users] gNS Delta -H
Date: Wed, 13 Feb 2008 18:27:00 -0500

*Personal Opinion Only*

My phone has 128MB of SDRAM. The XO, a system designed for children in
third-world countries, has 256. I can't help but think if you're using
hardware that statistically should have broken by now, and insist on
running a full featured desktop then gNewSense (or anything not
designed for specifically what you're doing) is not a great option.

It's always irked me how there's a segment of people who expect to be
able to run "the latest and greatest" AND no consume more system
resources. System requirements are so relative that I ignore them.
"Minimum System Requirement" should be EXACTLY the amount of memory
that a default system needs to run at 100% of the designed speed. If
we're designing a distro that has BurningDog and we want that
application to open in, say, under 5 seconds, then we need the memory,
CPU and I/O specs to reflect that. How much memory is needed to do
exactly that? The point where one less MB slows it down, but one more
doesn't speed it up is the point we should be at. I would personally
put that number over 512 MB and probably in the upwards of 768.

My wife's computer is an AMD Sempron 2800+ with 768 MB of RAM and I
will say that the thing is so slow that it can't handle a "typical"
desktop user's workload. I can understand delays for things like
compiling Xorg, but I can't think of any reason to run a desktop
distro on a system that would put "opening a web browser" in the
system-intensive category.

On Feb 13, 2008 5:51 PM, marcus <address@hidden> wrote:
> Karl Goetz wrote:
> > Yes, most likely. 256 is what i consider a comfortable minimum for
> > deltad anyhow (196 is ok but stretching it)
> >
> You can use Gutsy with 192MB, although 256MB is the minimum and 320MB
> recommended. I managed it on a relatively new laptop with 192MB. The
> solution is to use a live CD to create a swap partition first. Then the
> live CD will run the installer.
> The growing need for RAM poses a problem for small systems without
> harddisks though, because you don't want swap on flash memory. OTOH,
> there are now small systems using flash disks with 512MB RAM.
> Marcus
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