livecd memory requirements

Vincent imnotb at
Fri Apr 13 11:07:38 UTC 2007

On 13/04/07, Jani Monoses <jani.monoses at> wrote:
> Hello,
> contrary to what we advertise the liveCD does not work well on 128M
> machines.
> The panel is not there in the default desktop (since edgy at least) and
> ubiquity
> has no chances of finishing.
> This can be alleviated by using swap, but on machines where there was no
> linux previously
> there are no swap partitions.
> Bugs
> and
> are related to this.
> Since we are unlikely to be able to fix this for feisty at least we could
> give more accurate
> minimal memory requirements.
> I'd like to ask any of you (more preferably) that as you test liveCD's try
> to figure out this
> minimum amount as well.
> It would preferably be done on a fast and resourceful machine, but by
> passing mem=128m as a boot paramater to the kernel.
> Then 256, 192 binary searc or whatever amounts you think until you find
> that the panel is there in the default desktop screen
> For the more adventurous, you could kill gdm stop some of the init scrips
> (hplip is a major offender as it launches python and it
> uses at least 5M,or cupsys, etc) restart and see if the panel has made it.
> The changes that lead to this are almost all related to the base ubuntu
> system (hplip, system-tools-backends), what did indeed grow
> between dapper and edgy is the addition of the trash applet to the panel,
> which is an external process.
> if you do test, please report any findings. These can be done in vmware as
> well.
> thanks
> Jani
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Once we have the results, what should we say on the website? Dapper can do
on 128M and Edgy+ on higher?
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