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Re: Hurd on old computers

From: Jonathan Hunt
Subject: Re: Hurd on old computers
Date: Sat, 2 Jun 2001 09:51:41 +0800


Interesting... so that's explains why I couldn't get it to boot. I hate to  
ask but any ideas on how this compares to linux (I was booting linux on the 
same machine).

On Friday 01 June 2001 03:24, you wrote:
> I was playing around with vmstat a while back, and think this
> discussion finally gives me an excuse to post the measurements. :)
> For my system running Debian GNU/Hurd (gnumach+hurd 20000301 CVS),
> with no additional daemons or much else out of the ordinary, the
> memory usage looked like:
>                                               active inactive wired
>                                              |------|--------|-----
> To login:                                     5.69M   6.17M   2.08M
> Within emacs (on console):                    7.66M   9.72M   2.29M
> Within XFree-3.3.6 (2 xterms and little else):    11M   11.6M   2.77M
> Compiling gnumach (on console, peak values):    15.6M   12.3M   3.33M
> So you're looking at needing at least 16 megabytes of memory
> (preferably RAM) to boot, and ~32 meg for any serious compiling. The
> scrawniest machine I've personally tried GNU/Hurd on was a 486DX50 w/
> 20 meg of RAM, and while it did work, it wasn't very fun. (I never did
> get it to completely compile the hurd sources; I think I estimated it
> would take over 10 hours, and as someone who has to pay for his
> electricity usage from his own pocket...)

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