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Old 05-01-2018, 04:38 AM   #1
zk1234
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Light, or not light, that is the question.




The 4MLinux ISO images used to be very, very small. Now they are over 1GB in size. I have been asked many times why my distro is now so heavy.

The screenshot above shows my PC connected to a remote 4MLinux server (http://server.4mlinux.com). The PC runs the 32-bit version of 4MLinux, while the server uses its 64-bit version. The clocks in the bottom right corner show time difference: local time in Poland vs. UTC used by the server.

Let's have a look at the remote server. X Window System is up. You can see (in the terminal window) that many daemons are running (and by the way, the server also runs additional services such as Webmin and MariaDB). And finally, Conky shows RAM usage as low as 230 MB !

Conclusion: the system is light by its design. The size of the ISO image doesn't matter at all.

That's it for today :-)

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Old 05-04-2018, 01:48 PM   #2
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The size of the ISO image doesn't matter at all.
I think the ISO size matters when it is under 700 MB because then one can burn it onto a CD.
 
Old 05-04-2018, 01:59 PM   #3
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I think the ISO size matters when it is under 700 MB because then one can burn it onto a CD.
Yes, from that point of view, the size matters.

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Old 05-04-2018, 03:36 PM   #4
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Yes, from that point of view, the size matters.

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Also matters for people who may live in areas without high speed or cable Internet etc... Or they have to pay for premium bandwidth.
 
Old 05-04-2018, 03:59 PM   #5
zk1234
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4MLinux is a clever beast ;-)
One must install 4MLinux to one's HDD only once. Next, he/she can keep 4MLinux up-to-date by executing the "zk update" command, which downloads (and extracts) ISO images that are a few times smaller than the official 4MLinux installation CD.

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