Re: minimum system requirements
From: mj001 (mj001_at_rogers.com)
Date: Wed, 21 May 2003 22:36:02 -0400 To: Zer0 <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> camaleon wrote:
>> Hi, I'm new here, but right away I do have a question
>> that can lead to many answers (or even none at all ;)
>> I am considering installing FreeBSD on a very old machine,
>> but I'm not sure if that will succeed. The reason for this
>> is fun (to begin with) and perhaps later a very modest
>> internet server in a small home network connected to the
>> internet via a multiport ADSL modem. Another reason is
>> using an operating system that has staying power and has
>> proven itself in the past and that can be configuered both
>> as a webserver and as an email server.
>> The system is a 486DX2 66 MHz, with (only) 14 Mbs of RAM,
>> a (recent) cd-rom drive and a harddisk of (only) 325 Mb.
>> There are two floppy drives, a 3.5 inch and a 5.25 inch.
>> The videocard is a Western Digital with a something-C33
>> chipset (if I remember well, couldn't find the manual
>> right now). There is a SB 16 AWE-32 PnP soundcard, a
>> 3Com 3C509b ethernet card and an Edimax ethernet card
>> installed, both ethernet cards can be set to either PnP-modus
>> or non-PnP-modus.
>> I have the experience of installing Slackware on this
>> machine, allthough the hard drive space was larger in the
>> past, where a second drive of respectively 421 Mb (and
>> Slackware 3.6 and 4.0), 1,5 Gb (and Slackware 7.0), and 20 Gb
>> (with Slackware 7.0 and 7.1) used to be installed
>> (I want to remove the 20 Gb drive to use it in another
>> machine). I did configure a small webserver with apache on this
>> configuration(s) and an email server with sendmail.
>> Will it be feasable with this little hard drive capacity and
>> this little memory resources?
>> - camaleon :)
> Take a look at http://neon1.net/misc/minibsd.html
> I can't as yet vouch for the feasibility of this as I have yet to try it
> myself but it might be a nudge in the right direction.
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I used to run FreeBSD (2.1.5!) on a 486DX33 with 20 MB of
memory, and a 200 MB disk. It would even run X Windows, but
this was before the days of KDE or GNOME. As I remember, I
did get it to run with 8 MB, including X-Windows, but it
was pathetically slow. At 20 MB, the performance improved
I think you will be fine if you don't need X-Windows.
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