EXACTLY. Anything after 2.2.x requires at least 12MB RAM to do the
install. RAM is so cheap these days, it's not painful to the pocket to
even grab 64MB. The more you get, the better it will run.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-freebsd-questions@FreeBSD.ORG
> [mailto:owner-freebsd-questions@FreeBSD.ORG]On Behalf Of Andrew C.
> Sent: Friday, March 23, 2001 7:23 PM
> To: J Ramos
> Cc: FreeBSD Questions
> Subject: RE: Need a box, and your experience.
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: owner-freebsd-questions@FreeBSD.ORG
> > [mailto:owner-freebsd-questions@FreeBSD.ORG]On Behalf Of J Ramos
> > Sent: Friday, March 23, 2001 5:24 PM
> > To: Slim; firstname.lastname@example.org
> > Subject: Re: Need a box, and your experience.
> > I've got an old P75 Compaq with no CD-ROM, 8MB of RAM, and
> a spare HDD
> > in that I'm _trying_ to install a form of BSD on. I'll let
> you know if I
> > get it working, it's gonna be the deal if it'll ever work. :-)
> Shouldn't be a problem, although the memory limitation
> is going to be a
> pretty good sized headache. I wouldn't throw less than 16 at
> > Slim wrote:
> > >
> > > And the beauty of it is that these 'old, slow' boxes that are
> > > 'worthless' because they won't run w98 etc. run just fine on
> > > FreeBSD/Linux/Unix systems, right?
> Or they're old server machines that can't be updated to
> Windows 2000, like
> my old Firewall. Seems that the company that used to use her
> wanted to go
> to 2000 and couldn't. Their loss, my gain. Dual Pentium box
> makes for a
> hell of a firewall, even if it is only clocking 266 MHz total.
> > > Lute Mullenix wrote:
> > > >
> > > >
> > > > Well, you may or may not believe this, but it just so happens
> > that I have
> > > > FreeBSD 4.1.1 installed on a 486/66 with 20MB of ram and a
> > 1.5GB drive, CD
> > > > and ethernet card. Only installed it a few days ago, had
> > Linux on it up till
> > > > then. Now are you ready for this? My brother and I found it
> > sitting outside
> > > > the county hwy dept shop. They were throwing it away, so I
> > got it for $0.00.
> > > > Went to Walmart and picked up a $15.00 keyboard and a $9.00
> > mouse, my bro
> > > > tossed in an old SVGA monitor that had been collecting dust
> > for a couple of
> > > > years. So for $24 plus tax, license, dealer prep, and
> options I had my
> > > > Linux/FreeBSD machine.
> Doesn't really surprise me one bit. 486 processor,
> decent amount of RAM
> and a hard drive... makes for a decent little machine.
> Ahh... memories of my days of scraping systems together
> (still doing it,
> although, it takes bigger scrapes these days... :)
> > > > I mention this because since then I have come across a couple
> > of other guys
> > > > that have gotten similar deals with low end (75/90) Pentium
> > machines from
> > > > office and university upgrades. Since they are basicly worth
> > nothing, and it
> > > > costs money to dispose of them, they just give they to
> > whoever wants them.
> > > > Another option might be state or school actions. The state
> > prison in South
> > > > Dakota just upgraded all their system, and all the old stuff
> > went to state
> > > > auction, heard there were complete systems going for as
> > little as $25. Wish
> > > > I had known about it. So keep your eyes and ears open, you
> > may come out
> > > > better than you thought you could.
> Another thing to look out for is firesales put on by
> Dot.Bombs that need to
> liquidate in order to pay their bills. You can get some
> pretty kick a$$
> hardware out of those places, since they spared no expense.
> And who really
> cares if the machine was top of the line 2 or even 3 years
> ago, if it'll run
> with the "big dogs" of the here and now?
> --- Andy Hornback
> Owner & Lead Technician, R&R Computers
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