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Re: Fedora's minimum RAM Vs Anaconda

On 12/05/2011 08:35 AM, Will Woods wrote:
> On Sat, 2011-12-03 at 06:10 -0800, John Reiser wrote:
>> I made a non-Live DVD of Fedora 16 using the "treebuilder" branch of anaconda
>> which is [will become] a feature of Fedora 17.  It successfully installed
>> using 318MB of RAM (256MB + 64MB - 2MB), in elapsed wall-clock time
>> of about 45 minutes, which is 80% longer than the 25 minutes that I see
>> when I use 1GB.  I tried using 250MB of RAM, but gave up after an hour
>> because it was less than half way through the 1200 packages of default
>> Graphical Desktop.
> Interesting data; thanks for testing this. Was that 32-bit or 64-bit?
> Graphical/vnc/text?

64-bit, default graphical anaconda.

> We should probably fix the enforced memory requirements accordingly.
> 256MB sounds like a good place for a minimum? Or, at least, a
> strongly-worded warning?

At 250MB it's obviously page-thrashing.  Testing to see if it actually
finishes is drudgery, yet it's important to observe the details
of any failure.

The motivation for such low memory is old laptops (thus subtracting
a couple MB for video frame buffer in main RAM) and old servers, or
perhaps new virtualized servers.


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