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Date:      Fri, 29 Sep 2006 21:35:16 +0530
From:      Girish Venkatachalam <girishvenkatachalam@gmail.com>
To:        Jerry McAllister <jerrymc@msu.edu>
Cc:        questions@freebsd.org, Art Mattox <artmattox@yahoo.com>
Subject:   Re: minimum requirements
Message-ID:  <20060929160516.GA3605@lakshmi.susmita.org>
In-Reply-To: <20060929154826.GC657@gizmo.acns.msu.edu>
References:  <20060929011316.20646.qmail@web54103.mail.yahoo.com> <20060929154826.GC657@gizmo.acns.msu.edu>

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On Fri, Sep 29, 2006 at 11:48:26AM -0400, Jerry McAllister wrote:
> I don't know what the current absolute minimum to run values
> would be.   So recommended minimums would be somewhat subjective
> and depend on the intended use of the machine and the number
> of ports and user accounts you might put on it.
> 
> For a personal work station with only a few ports, but not a
> stripped DNS server or something, I would recommend at least 512 MB
> memory and 18 GB disk and 1.5 GHz CPU with at least 400 MHz frontside
> bus.   More and faster is nice.
> A stripped router or DNS server might get by with 1/4 the memory
> and 1 GB disk and a much slower CPU.
> 
> A loaded desktop that included web server and web based utilities
> such as database services, Email and list services, etc might do better
> to start with 1 GB memory and 72 GB disk and 2 Ghz CPU and storage
> would go up from there depending on the size of things you are 
> serving.
> 
> ////jerry

I am happily running FreeBSD 6.0 on 233 Mhz 128 MB RAM machine. It has given very good performance with very little cause for complaint. 

It is my workstation/desktop. I am not aware of any theoretical limit on hardware config for FreeBSD. 

Please remember to config a big enuf swap partition if ur RAM is low. 

regards,
Girish



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