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SubjectRe: Memory Rusting Effect [re: Linux hostile to poverty]
On Mon, Jul 20, 1998 at 12:15:14AM +0100, Alan Cox wrote:
> The other aspect of this is that Linux is moving into the thin-client, embedded and 'appliance' markets. Those are very very cost sensitive and if win* takes
> half the ram of Linux we may well lose the market share we've gained.
>

It would be nice if it was possible to conveniently cut the kernel memory
use by removing components. For example, there is a port of Linux 2.0 to the
PalmPilot and we have been talking about making a RT-Linux version -- for a
variety of applications. It has been a slow slog to get rid of uniprocessor
assumptions in Linux, I expect that desktop (not embedded)
assumptions will be also a problem.

> So yes 8Mb is important, and I'd like to get 2.3.x working in 4Mb nicely
> preferably 2Mb (with a very limited feature set obviously)

Yes! Then we won't have to maintain a 2.0 RTL.

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Victor Yodaiken
Department of Computer Science
New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology
Socorro NM 87801
Homepage http://www.cs.nmt.edu/~yodaiken
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