From 32 to 43

Disappointed? Saddened? Nostalgic? I’m trying to describe my reaction to Debian’s increased memory requirement.

It’s no surprise really, that the text-based installer on the business card CD wants 43Mb of memory to install. Mentally I had always put that number at 32Mb, which I really only inherited from working with Ubuntu for years.

Not so any more. Even as far back as a year ago, machines I upgraded from stable to testing couldn’t boot on 32Mb of memory. And the installer now says 43Mb is the bare minimum, officially.

It may be that there is a way to circumvent that — after all, the installer doesn’t quit, it just tells you that you’re on thin ice.

But I guess what that means is I need to invest in a couple of old sticks of PC66 … and stop whining about the old days. This is progress, take it or leave it. :)

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9 Responses to “From 32 to 43”

  1. 1 Kulutusluotot 2011/03/04 at 4:53 PM

    It seems that my old P100 with 40 MB (maximum upgrade) is now officially obsolete as Linux platform. Of course, the NetBSD should run on it…

    • 2 Peter 2011/03/04 at 7:48 PM

      I don’t know what the minimum requirements for FreeDos are but it chugs along quite nicely in the 1 MB of RAM that my Commodore 286LT has :P

  2. 3 koleoptero 2011/03/04 at 6:06 PM

    Reading that last sentence in your blog was a shocker :)

  3. 4 Duncan Snowden 2011/03/04 at 8:00 PM

    It is a little sad, though. I remember when I bought a 32Mb stick for my Amiga and it seemed like a ridiculous amount. It was, in a way: the system rarely used more than half of it.

    Mind you, I also remember when 32K (on a Sinclair ZX81) was a lot. I can’t be old; I’m not even 40 yet. ;-P

  4. 6 MK 2011/03/05 at 10:27 AM

    You heard him, guys, time to upgrade your RAM. :-)

  1. 1 Case in point: A 133Mhz photo frame « Motho ke motho ka botho Trackback on 2011/03/06 at 10:23 PM
  2. 2 In praise of Debian 5 « Motho ke motho ka botho Trackback on 2011/03/16 at 11:33 AM

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