Subject: Re: bufpages calculation
To: David Brownlee <email@example.com>
From: Chuck McManis <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 09/26/2000 15:30:46
>On Mon, 25 Sep 2000, Bill Sommerfeld wrote:
> > ... back in the days where 4MB of memory was the norm...
At 07:11 PM 9/26/00 +0100, David Brownlee wrote:
> But kernels were much smaller then.
Not to pick on Bill or David here, but one of the nice things about NetBSD
(vs everything else out there) is that it is wonderfully cross platform.
Hence I get a bit worried when systems with 4MB are looked upon fondly as
ancient relics. When I contemplate deploying systems _today_ that have 4MB
or less of main memory. I don't like to hear, "A 2MB system is too small to
support UNIX." when certainly versions of UNIX have and do run on such
systems (even PDP-11's for heavens sake!)
This is a very distinguishing factor that certainly the Linux community has
embraced (only used as an example of another group where cross platform is
a stated goal) and we should keep it in mind as well. Sure 64MB Pentium
systems are about $30 at GoodWill but the world isn't defined by such things.