Re: Ubuntu on lowram
- From: Douglas Mayne <doug@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Mon, 22 Mar 2010 14:40:34 +0000 (UTC)
On Sun, 21 Mar 2010 19:33:31 -0400, Michael Black wrote:
On Sun, 21 Mar 2010, Douglas Mayne wrote:Ok, thanks. I can do some more checking on my own.
On Sun, 21 Mar 2010 12:32:00 -0400, Michael Black wrote:No, I haven't. But I certainly wanted to point out where the problem
On Sun, 21 Mar 2010, Manuel Rodriguez wrote:Just to clarify, have you tried running the install for Slackware 13.0
I run Ubuntu 7.10 on a 100 MB RAM Laptop very fine. But the newEven a decade ago, there was a problem for some distributions because
Ubuntu 9.10 doesn't work (perhaps to less RAM on startup). But i need
an uptodate Linux for driver reasons, e.g. Wifi USB Stick, UMTS stick
and so on.
My question is: which Linux distribution should I use for my 100 MB
RAM laptop (instead of Ubuntu)? I need one with a precompiled kernel
for lowram systems.
of the installer. The problem wasn't that the linux distribution
wouldn't run in low RAM, but that the installer wouldn't. At that
point, some often had a less bulky installer. I suspect that may be
the real issue here, Ubuntu so well known for being a distribution for
the masses is less likely to have a smaller installer. Or a secondary
explanation is that it only allows one type of install, and that will
require a certain amount of RAM, so the installer folds if it can't
Slackware has the same sort of installer it's always had, and isn't
likely to choke on a "mere" 100megs of RAM. And unlike the slicker
distributions, you have lots of control over what gets used, so you
can turn off daemons and servers you don't need, choose a smaller GUI,
and all that.
Someone posted about the usual roundup of limited distributions, but
Slackware (and I'm sure some of the other distributions similarly
still allow selective install and good control over it all) lets you
run with a current kernel and such, yet get it working with a small
amount of RAM.
on a system with about 100M RAM? I see that this page
asserts that the minimum requirement is 64M.
I am certain it will run (including the installer) with 128M RAM, but
am a bit sketchy on whether the installer itself works with less than
that. Otherwise, I agree with your post and am interested in your
may lie, and that the limited distributions aren't necessarily the right
Ok, testing is complete. I have just tested that Slackware 13.0 will
setup and boot on a machine with only 64M RAM. Thus, I have seen for
myself that the stated minimum system requirements (as previously
mentioned) are correct. Therefore, the OP should seriously consider
trying Slackware, with version 13.0 highly recommended. A machine with
100M RAM is within the spec.
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