DragonFly users List (threaded) for 2012-02
Re: Install DragonFlyBSD on 48 MB RAM
On Sun, 26 Feb 2012 12:27:27 +0100
Paul Onyschuk <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> With Linux situation is much simpler for single reason: people are
> paid to maintain systems on such hardware (think all embedded
> hardware). In *BSD world development is driven mostly by volunteers
> and not by hired guns. This has some side effects - every *BSD has
> its own area of focus. Developers have limited free time, so they
> don't go after zillon of goals.
As I said, I am new to all this *BSD world, so I'm just collecting
some basic knowledge about it. Of course, I made a small preliminary
research on different *BSD systems and came to an impression that
- FreeBSD is targeted at desktops;
- OpenBSD is targeted at high security servers;
- NetBSD is targeted at as wide hardware variety as possible;
- DragonFlyBSD is targeted... well, I haven't actually understood
what it is targeted at, that is why I decided to give it a try and
see by my own eyes. :)
In any case, this particular "48 MB" machine is not my only PC, so I
could use DragonFlyBSD on other system as well if I like it.
> You wanna run *BSD on limited hardware? Choose NetBSD, it should run
> just fine with 8MB+ of memory (minimal requirement for i386 is 4MB,
> but I'm not sure if it accurate, when it comes to newer releases) -
> this is their area of focus.
Yes, perhaps, I'll try different BSDs on this machine just to see how
they will perform on it (the first one - FreeBSD - is already running
> As for DragonFly BSD even if it would be possible to run system with
> 48MB of memory, you'll still loose almost all features, which makes it
> attractive. Personally I would say that minimal requirements for
> DragonFly BSD are the same as for HAMMER file system, because it is so
> huge feature.
Well, this IS definitely a point to consider. I've heard some good
comments about HAMMER file system, but I know nothing about it yet. But
of course, I'll read some documentation about it to get the idea.
Thanks for comments and suggestions.