Bryan D. Boyle bdboyle at bdboyle.com
Tue Feb 14 14:46:29 EST 2012

On 2/14/12 2:27 PM, Sal P. De Franco wrote:
> Hello,
> I have my allstar # now.


> I picked up a used computer.
> Question:
> How much memory is needed ?

I'm running with a gig.  Never hit swap.  Total system and apps are 
taking up 685 meg, rest is free.  Swap set for 2 gig, not using any of 
it.  Once it's loaded, it's pretty much resident and unless you're doing 
a lot of other things...won't change much from day to day.

And that's for a 64 bit dual core Althon cpu/CentOS to match

> How big a hard drive is needed ?

Here's my specs:
disk  used  free   % use

287G  3.1G  270G   2% /

plus 100 meg for the /boot partition.

So...I'm thinking you can get away with a pretty minimal disk.  But, 
considering that spindles are so cheap...even for 7200rpm drives...

Doesn't take much (well, not running a gui, either...and a LOT less than 
Window$).  That's for a system supporting 5 hardware interfaces and a hub.

One suggestion would be to pick up a USB card that will fit into a bus 
slot on the motherboard.  On-board USB ports have a bad habit of not 
passing data fast enough...leading to choppy audio.  The 4-port cards 
are, IIRC, about 40. at the local big box.

This is my rig here...others will chime in, I'm sure...

In this world, you must be oh so smart or oh so pleasant.
Well, for years I was smart. I recommend pleasant.
You may quote me.

Sent from my MacBook Pro.

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