Thanks for the insight you gave. I did not know the kernel is a basic one and the rest is in /lib.
The 3 GB :-) partition was just the maximum space I had to try it out. I could size it down,I suppose. I feared that my linux would grow in time due to installed programs ( as windows does with it's folder 'program files')
The whole endeavor was mainly set up to learn linux, so just for sports I'll try a little further.
So, from this point of view initrd is a good option ? Sounds like back to the man pages for me.
Thx for your time.