Subject: Re: Minimal NetBSD
To: None <>
From: Frederick Bruckman <>
List: port-i386
Date: 09/23/2000 08:33:19
On Sat, 23 Sep 100 wrote:

> What are the system requirements for a minimal install of
> NetBSD/i386?  In particular I'm interested in the disk space
> required. Today I managed to get two drives from my junk box
> working together, they're both Conner 3.5" ATA drives (yes,
> I know, ATA sucks).  One is 170Mb and the other just 40Mb.
> My immediate reaction was to wonder if I could install a
> very minimal BSD on the 170Mb and use the 40Mb for swap
> space.

I use a 486DX2-66 mostly as an Xserver. It used to have a 200Mb and a
50Mb for swap, with nfs mounted /usr, but I've since changed the 200Mb
for a 400Mb, so X and and a few packages now fit easily. The base
installation takes <100Mb; it's just not much fun to have no room to
work with. Those old drives perform really well under NetBSD-1.4.2,
BTW, when they work at all.

> If this isn't possible (and I realise it's a long shot) I
> might have to splash out US$20 on a 1Gb UltraSCSI drive.

Wow, prices _are_ falling fast. ;-)