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according to du -h -c / I'm using 6.6gig
I'm running debian squeeze, I have many of the games and themes installed for the kids, I have both the 32 and 64 bit wine, i have kde-base, xfce, openoffice, and quite a bit of others. This is my primary computer. So. to answer your question, if you want to put a fairly basic (but still usable) graphical system on 4gb, you should have plenty.
for your extra 32 seconds, I would look to dmeg and the init boot logs for your distro. common causes are unneeded daemons, and hangups looking for a configuration file that's not there.
Because I was downloading something the other day and had to go into work, and besides that, I mainly use my laptop for everything, including managing my network, my server, and everything else. It is pretty much my command and control center of my house. Plus I have all of my personal documents on it, so when I do pack it up, I have everything I need. It's just how I do everything really man...
Ok so now I have a static IP and that cuts off a good 7 seconds so thats progress.
Cool! That means you have cut 7 seconds...look at the array of services you've got up and running. Need all of them? What can you strip? For example, avahi. From their site
Avahi is a system which facilitates service discovery on a local network via the mDNS/DNS-SD protocol suite. This enables you to plug your laptop or computer into a network and instantly be able to view other people who you can chat with, find printers to print to or find files being shared.
( avahi.org )
Is that a service you need? I can imagine that it pokes quite a lot into the computer's recource...I for one do not even have it running...
O, and I timed my boot, it's about twenty seconds or so intil I can log on. I dunnow if that's fast/slow/reasonable but I'm fine with it...
PS : keeping systems up and running is kinda how "the family" does things, my mom had hers running for over a week flat, only to reboot every so once in a while, she did'nt run Linux, of course. But all in all, Linux is supposed to have longer uptimes, it's the way it was meant to exist, I guess...
Last edited by ButterflyMelissa; 03-12-2011 at 02:19 PM.