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[openFATE 311011] Boot option "toram"
Feature changed by: Tomáš Chvátal (scarabeus_iv)
Feature #311011, revision 14
Title: Boot option "toram"

- openSUSE Distribution: New
+ openSUSE Distribution: Rejected by Tomáš Chvátal (scarabeus_iv)
+ reject reason: We do not plan to devote resources to this. Esp. since
+ we killed the live cds. Thus if you are interested in this feel free to
+ contribute in livecd resurrection (even with the toram option).
Requester: Desirable

Requested by: Matti Vahalinna (waxborg)
Partner organization:

I've long been amazed about the speed of DamnSmallLinux on a low spec
machine when run completely in RAM. I've also seen that this is
possible with Gentoo and Ubuntu nowadays.
I would love to see this feature in openSUSE Live. This would greatly
also improve the impression that new users get when they try out the
Live system.
So you boot from the Live media and give it an option 'toram' after
which a RAM disk is created, the system is copied there and then it is
run completely from there.

- BootToRAM on ubuntu (url:

#1: Roger Luedecke (shadowolf7) (2011-06-02 02:55:56)
I think this would only be feasible for a lighter distro.

#2: Aeneas Jaißle (aeneas_jaissle) (2011-07-31 23:36:10)
An approach for getting a lightweight openSUSE: (
With this as a base, an option 'load lightweight openSUSE to RAM' should be

#3: Eduard Avetisyan (dich) (2012-07-24 23:24:37)
modern machines are 4+ GB large in RAM, and the liveCD is only 700MB.
This option could be useful!

#6: Sławomir Lach (lachu) (2014-11-11 12:57:32) (reply to #3)
I must tell you, that filesystem on live cd are compressed, so 700 MiB
can be too less to use system with toram boot option.

#4: MyFirstName MyLastName (openuser159) (2014-10-14 15:36:18)
I have tried Ubuntu boot to RAM: fantastic! - But I use Suse since
2005, so I hope this functionality will soon be available in openSuse!

#5: Mustafa Muhammad (mustafa_muhammad) (2014-11-10 21:57:26)
Really great feature to have, I saw it in several distros and it is

#7: Richard Brown (rbrownsuse) (2015-02-03 10:56:56)
The original description says this is for a 'low spec machine'.. that
seems counter intuitive to me - wouldn't it need quite a bit of RAM for
that to work effectively?

#8: Mustafa Muhammad (mustafa_muhammad) (2015-02-04 15:14:29)
He meant that even on a "low spec machine" it is very fast "when run
completely in RAM", RAM is cheap nowadays, and lots of machines have 4+

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