>>>>What do You think about installing Red Hat 7.2 on 486 with 8MB RAM? Its
>>>>purpose is only to be a gateway for subnet of 3 comps, so the only task
>>>>it will do is routing and masquerading, sometimes opening a ssh session
>>>>for root. Is it enough (8MB) to run linux? And would this gateway be fast
>>>>enough as a router?
>>> It can be done rather well. You of course can't run an X
>>Yes you can. I use an 8MB 486sx50 as an X terminal.
> But Peter, you are a *known* glutten for pedantic punishment.
Not sure it's purposeful. What else can one do with a perfectly
Quote:> I remember setting up X on a 486DX33 with 8 Mb of RAM. Yeah. I
> went out and bought 4 each 4 Mb SIMMs immediately! It
I had a desktop like that. It inherited all the other machines simms as
they all died. It did indeed end up with something like 40 or 50MB
of ram. It worked fine as an X terminal too!
Quote:> originally had 8 each 1Mb SIMMs and I took 4 of those out and
> put in the 4 news ones to give me 20 Mb. That was X11R5 still I
> think, and the X server took up right at 8Mb (or to be more
> precise, and idle system with X running was using 8Mb of RAM),
> and all it took, with only 8Mb or RAM, was invoking anything
> bigger than ls to cause it to swap!
> All was fine with 20Mb, but then I changed the cpu to a DX2-66
> and figured I deserved to be able to run a real editor. So I
> fired up XEmacs. That is when I went out and coughed up more
Quote:> bucks for a second set of 4 each of those 4Mb SIMMs to have a
> total of 32Mb of RAM. (Those 4Mb cards were over $100 each in
> those days too, so we are talking a big chunk of change invested
> in RAM.)
Yes. I hope you at least reused the case. They're OK for giant servers
>>> to access it and nfs to mount everything on your regular desktop
>>Well, yes, but that's not necessary, since you WILL be working on
>>your regular desktop, via ssh or rsh, in all liklihood.
> I'd prefer nfs mounted filesystems and using the pair of Athlons
> in my the desktop box rather than reducing myself to suffering
> vi, and especially on a 486sx.
The point is that the 486 _only_ runs X. The xterms and the vi or emacs
all come from the other machines processor cycles.
Quote:>>I run X and an Xconsole, a couple of getty's, init, inetd, rpc.*, and
>>that's it. I have 4MB swap.
> But you are *purposefully* trying to rough it.
Well, the 4MBb swap is a bit tight sometimes. But the disk is 170MB, of
which only 80MB is dedicated to linux. When I need more swap I put down
a 4MB swapfile in the vfat part.