Subject: Re: bufpages calculation
To: David Brownlee <>
From: Chuck McManis <>
List: tech-kern
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.

Hello tech-kern,

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.