>I have 16 megs of ram, and 10 megabyte swap file. I don't understand how
>Linux is eating all of my memory up. In the docs it says that you need a
>swap partition unless you have 16 megs of ram or more. So I never created one
>at first since I have 16 megs. I thought I would be ok, and then I put in
>X, and once I've started Xfree and logged on, my memory is about at
>1 megabyte. Hardly enough to run anything under X. So I had to instate a
>swap file. This is terribly slow though and I would like to know if I'm doing
>something wrong, or if Linux really is this much of a memory hog.
Dunno what to tell you other than I have 16megs and a small swap partition -
2megs - and am running X ok. Right now I have 2 xterms open, xclock, xload,
xclipboard, xosview, the appbar GoodStuff and a royalblue solid root window.
Both xosview and free show close to 4meg ram free and top shows over 4 in
buffer. All I can advise is for you to run top and see what is going on
to take up your memory. Also, you can do a ps -m to see what is using what.
What exactly are you running when you start X and so on? Sorry I can't be
"Isn't it pretty to think so."
LinuX + i486dx2/66