Subject: Re: compressed virtual memory
To: None <current-users@NetBSD.ORG>
From: Ernst J. du Toit <>
List: current-users
Date: 06/03/1995 19:55:47
Don Youdale wrote:
> Compressed RAM is not a new idea. It has been available on Macs for quite some time.
> The problem is, how do you make it compatible with all software. Many lower level
> drivers need redundant compression code as they do not use common memory routines.
> Obviously this problem is far more prevalent on Intel platforms than most others.
> My question is, is memory compression worth the work. Memory, like disk is so
> cheap now. Out of memory? Just buy more.
> Don
While I'm reaching over my keyboard for my coned hat...

I recall the original proposal was for compressed virtual memory, that to
me translates to disk space - unless the box is diskless on a network.

If that is the case then I'm all for it, especially for diskless boxes
since it 'should' have a good impact in the network traffic a diskless X
station generates.

I've got a few classrooms here I'd LOVE to see X diskless, instead of that
other non UNIX stuff 8-)


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