[Nottingham] Linux in 18 MBytes?

JJSH stellafan at jjsh.org
Tue Nov 20 15:29:28 GMT 2007

Damn Small Linux claims to 'Run light enough to power a 486DX with 16MB 
of Ram', so as it's only about 50 Mb download, it's worth a go. I 
haven't actually tried it with as little as 18 Mb, but did have it 
running on a 32Mb machine.


Hope that helps.

Penfold Q wrote:
> There are plenty of options for embedded Linux setups in 18 MB RAM. What 
> we need to know is what processor this is (x86, MIPS, PPC, etc) what 
> non-volatile storage you have and how much of it and what sort of apps 
> you intend to run.
> If this is a really old white/beige box, you could even run a very 
> cut-down debian but I'd still choose a custom embedded kernel.
> If you're trying to get X11 in 18 MB RAM you'll need a lot of effort and 
> a fair helping of luck.
> Thing is, with only 18 MB of RAM, I wouldn't want to try much more than 
> a firewall with webserver, ssh, dns, dhcp, and maybe at a pinch, a 
> really small asterisk server.
> But as ever, more details needed.
> BTW I'm trying to get together material for a talk on embedded linux and 
> now I have a Linksys WRT54GL router, this makes for a better example to 
> use for why anyone would want to try squeezing the penguin onto such a 
> resource-limited environment. Look out for a talk in the new year, 
> sometime.
> -Penfold
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