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Old 04-12-2005, 10:29 AM   #1
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How much space?

How much space is really needed to install linux...
I have an 80gb hd but i don't want to partition it, i have and old 4gb hd and i wanted to know if that will be enough to install and run any linux version... or will I need more space. I was thinking about using suse.
Old 04-12-2005, 10:36 AM   #2
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Of course this depends on the distro and packages you install. I think Suse is a little bulky by default in terms of hard drive space. If you really want Suse do the minimal install(which 4gb should be plenty of space). Then you can see where you stand and install packages as you see fit.
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A full Linux install depends on the amount of applications you install with it. Some will range from 1GB to 6GB or so.. that's including not only the OS but all the thousands of applications that come with it.. 80GB is more than enough.

And you will need to do some partitioning.. at a minimum you'll want a swap and / partition.
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I run Mandrake 9.1 on a 2GB hard disk, and I still have about 800MB free if I don't install OpenOffice, nor KDE.

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Thanks for the info, I'll see if can get my hands on another hd and install it.
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As has been said this depends on distrobution, I use Slackware on my server which doesn't include X, has the bare minimum of libraries and developing tools plus apache and other server software and also includes all the log files the space used is just over 1Gb, on my desktop which has the full range of developing tools and libraries and the X server it is about 2Gb. Mandrake and Suse can be up 4 or 6Gb I believe
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A standard (X, Gnome,, etc) Ubuntu installation takes about 2.2 Gigs. At least mine (4.10) did.

Minislack wanted 2 Gigs (according to the install guide). Seems high to me so I'm going to have to double check that one.

Vector Linux (4.3) only needs 850 megs apparently. For comparison Vector 5.0 (SOHO) needs 3 Gigs.


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