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Old 11-17-2003, 01:14 PM   #1
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Is 2GB enough RedHat Linux 9?

Im gonna install redhat Linux 9 for teh first time, infact my first time going into Linux. Read up most of the stuff regarding installation with another OS i.e XP.

Just need to know whether 2gb is enought for RH 9 Shrike. i have limited space and have had to delete some files inorder to make this 2gb free space.
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How long is a piece of string? :)

It depends on what you want to install, mate.
If you settle for one Desktop Environment
or even a small window manager, and omit
lots of development tools, it will be enough.

A basic installation of Linux with X can be
fit into < 200MB, but it really depends what
functionality you're after.

Old 11-17-2003, 01:30 PM   #3
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i meant the basic installation of redhat linux 9. i.e default
Old 11-17-2003, 02:13 PM   #4
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You can get a nice Red Hat 9 install on about 1.3 to 1.5 gigs.
Old 11-17-2003, 03:38 PM   #5
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Sky: its possible, but only if you know which packages to install, the defaults are bloated!

No! It will not be enough. If your HD is less than 2.5 GB, forget about installing any default workstations with RH9. Default development station install is > 2.5 GB. And you still want to have some space left over once you install it, right?
Old 11-17-2003, 04:48 PM   #6
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From personal experience... NO NO NO NO NO NO!!!!

No matter how careful I have been to install all the packages I need I always miss one, and something or other doesnt work....

I say.. 5.5gb min for a complete install

Don't Cut Corners and they wont Cut You.... (is that as stupid as i think it sounds?)

At least if you are a newbie.

But experiment... i'm sure it will be fun.
Old 11-17-2003, 05:24 PM   #7
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WARNING: Fellow newbie speaking.

Default desktop is 1.645 G.

Click default desktop and then when you get to the point where it ask you to approve click customize and delete anything you don't need as far as major packages then click select individual packages and delete anything else yopu don't need. If your real careful you can get it down to 1.1-1.2 G even with basic tools to deal with binaries / kernel and have a very usable system. This is using ext3.

If you really skimp you can get it down under 1G but you give up functionality.

Full install of EVERYTHING is 4.8G off my 3 disk set but I'm not sure how this compares with
the boxed set.

This is without sharing anything with the other system and doesn't count swap (I think you share this with windows?).

You are going to be pretty close.

I suggest looking at Vector Linux 4.0. You can download or order a CD for $1.98-4.98 from a non-oem vender. 450mb install with a lightweight window manager like iceWM and very functional. However you have to deal with a text install.

Also 128 Ram is the very minimum for RH9 in my experience.

I assume you already have repartitioned? You need a third party tool because of the way XP is formated I believe.

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Old 11-17-2003, 05:42 PM   #8
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Full install.. is around 3Gb from what I remember, but don't quote me on that

It'll take up around 1.2Gb
But.. for things like this I'd recommend another distro.
RH9 is basically discontinued as RH has announced. And they will be dropping support (updates) in a short while. So your system will get antiquated unless you are prepared to update everything on your own (which can be a pain in the.. )

I'd recommened looking into another distro.. Debian Gentoo SuSE is what I'd recommend to anyone
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mandrake, mandrake. (thats for a newbie). For advanced people, Gentoo all the way.
Old 11-17-2003, 06:43 PM   #10
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Or SuSE .Nice & easy 4 me .

RedHat really seems to be bloated with all these GBs to install & 128 MB min ... scarry .

Da Wini G.

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Unless.. they are willing to spend a day learning from the installation guide, and following it step by step.
After that I definitely recommend Gentoo for any newbie. You can't beat portage when it comes to package management
Old 11-17-2003, 09:32 PM   #12
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I would agree the amount of space you have isn't enough for a normal distro instal.

You might want to try Knoppix which runs off a cdr or cdrw - you just download the iso image and burn it to disk, then boot up with the disk in your drive. Gives you all the functionality without the install.

And just because Mandrake 9.2 usually installs easily straight out of the box in about an hour, quicker than MSWindoze I think - and looks beautiful - don't discount it as being for newbies only - there's lot's of tweaking and customisation if you want it.

And at least you can be online within that hour via MD looking for help if you need it.


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