linux in 6gb

From: Ethan Dicks <>
Date: Wed Apr 24 13:38:04 2002

--- Pat Finnegan <> wrote:
> On Wed, 24 Apr 2002, Bill Pechter wrote:
> > > > Rumor has it that James B. DiGriz may have mentioned these words:
> > > > >Richard Erlacher wrote:
> >
> > > > [no room on the puny 6G HD for Linux, tho...
> >
> > Linux is all in how you install it. Default's a pig. (Especially
> Mandrake and Redhat...)

No kidding. Solaris, too. Pretty much any UNIX can expand to overflow
an ordinary boot disk if you throw on all the bells and whistles.

> Gee, Dick, then I have no idea on how I got Linux installed on this 200M
> HDD in my 486 here. Especially considering that 16M of that is swap
> space. Amazingly enough I still have about 60M free space...

My tightest Linux install recently was RedHat 5.2 on a 120M disk in a
PS/2-E. No X. No compiler.

I've got a functional kernel and a webcam app with ftp client (to export
the pictures) on a floppy disk. I also have Linux with a GUI, browser,
messenger client and MP3 player in the 16M flash disk of my iOpener.

It's all about what your target is. I certainly do not need everything
that comes with RedHat and never install 100% of it, even when I have
a multi-gig disk. OTOH, I've been installing UNIX since the days of
4.1BSD and Ultrix 1.1 on 120MB disks and smaller, so I'm accustomed to
being selective and not taking the default install. Kids today don't
bother. Disk is too cheap.
> For a more suitable install, I can easily install everything I really use
> (between X windows and a few apps, gaim for IM, kernel source so I can
> recompile my kernel, gcc and related stuff) in 1G or less of space.



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