[Beowulf] Re: ECC support on motherboards?

Peter St. John peter.st.john at gmail.com
Tue May 27 14:12:17 EDT 2008

The ISO for the ubuntu (server, AMD64) install was 550MB (the other day). So
1GB seems like alot to me.

Of course, as I've mentioned in the past, I first booted System V with 512K
(on a 286). No room for applications, "vi temp" hung (decades later, it
occurs to me it may have thrashed to virtual memory on the disk without my
noticing; in those days I wasn't accustomed to being in the same room with
the disk, much less noticing little lights) so I got a memory expansion
card. The whole distro of SVr4 was something like 8 1.2MB floppies. So to
me, XWindows in BIOS would be an extravagant luxury :-)


On 5/20/08, Joe Landman <landman at scalableinformatics.com> wrote:
> Robert G. Brown wrote:
>  Very interesting article, but 1 GB is still a bit tight.  The really
>> interesting times coming are in one year, when the motherboards comes
>> with linux in 2 or even 4 GB flash.  In one GB you can load a
> ... and until then we use CF->SATA converters and boot from 4 GB flash
> cards.  We have built working 4GB flash images of Ubuntu, Suse, Openfiler,
> and one of the RHELs.
> Mind you, creating such a thing is a non-trivial exercise, especially for
> RHEL and RHEL like systems.
> This said, this is one of the ways we deliver OSes for JackRabbit.
>  bootstrapper, and/or a fairly sparsely equipped version of linux.  GUI
>> sure, but still far from a kitchen sink installation that won't need
>> enhancing with more packages to be individually useable and "happy".  In
>> 4 GB you can load a fully functional GUI version of linux complete with
>> e.g.  Open Office, X, and lots of bells and whistles, and if you install
> You can do lots of things in 4GB.
> [...]
>  I have some direct experience with embedded Windows, and it is crap.  It
>> is partly DELIBERATE crap, as MS is in competition with itself and
> Windows mobile ... I agree, it is not something good.
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