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Re: [suse-linux-uk-schools] How little memory can we get away with
  • From: Michael Brown <mbrown@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 10 Jul 2001 07:28:33 +0000 (UTC)
  • Message-id: <Pine.LNX.4.33L2.0107092333020.30641-100000@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
On Mon, 9 Jul 2001, Frank Shute wrote:
> > > So, the question is:
> > > I'm I wasting my time trying to get KDE2 stuff working on a 32Mb
> > > machine, or can anyone point me at some tweaks that will make
> > > these machines useful?
> > IMHO yes. When I was running a workstation with only 32M I discovered
> > icewm. It will even work ok in 16M (probably not with xfree 4, though).
> > I now have 128M but I still use icewm. It is just as usable as KDE, much
> > easier to configure (when you know where to look) and *much* quicker
> > loading. It just leaves out the pretty bits you get with KDE etc.
> > Star Office is pretty heavy on resources too. It will run in 32M but I
> > wouldn't bother except to prove it. With KDE2 and Star Office together
> > you will certainly need to go to at least 64M and to get good performance
> > I would aim at 128M (RAM is cheap now).
> I'd agree with Giles. If you need to run office-type software and a
> desktop environment then you need more memory.
> But have you thought of what else you could use them for? I'm thinking
> X-terminals or for a firewall or DNS or mail or news service.

>From my experience, 32MB is easily sufficient for a thin-client terminal
but not much else these days, if you want to use it as a desktop machine.


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