Originally Posted by as400
Please just tell me the minimum disk space requirements for OpenBSD.
The project's official FAQ addresses this very question in Section 4.7 entitled "How much space do I need for an OpenBSD installation?"
How low can one go with disk space when installing OpenBSD WITHOUT the GUI and all that extra stuff?
It all depends upon what you are doing.
Let me ease your mind for a moment. I run OpenBSD on an Asus Eee PC which only has a 4GB SSD drive. Granted, I have added an 8GB SD card which is used for /home (of which I may use only ~2GB...)
, but otherwise with a few concessions, I can live fine with this arrangement (As an example, I move /tmp to RAM...)
. When I do need to build packages, I attach a USB drive which contains /usr/src
(2GB), & /usr/obj
(2GB), but this is because I run -current
, & I rebuild the system weekly. If I were to run -release
, I probably could live with just the 4GB + 8GB drive arrangement. And yes, I run X with Fluxbox or CWM as window managers. If I was really wanting to be hardcore, I could probably live with only 4GB, but I don't see any reason to live in such an austere configuration. As it is, I have built OpenOffice, Java, & a number of other applications. It's handy having so much in such a small netbook.
So, as you can see, 20GB is not a whole lot.
Personally, 20GB of hard disk space is really quite a lot -- even
if you were to be running GNOME or KDE, but you won't be able to download every MP3 file on Earth. Storing movies is probably out of the picture too, but if your needs are modest, 20GB can be a lot of space.
The secret of figuring out how to live in such a small drive is to experiment. You probably won't get it right the first time, but after a while (if you keep at it...)
, you will learn from what you have done before. Past mistakes can prove to be a wonderful teacher.
Again, it all depends upon what you are doing.