Quote from taraquedo on November 5, 2011, 09:40
I tried to reduce memory usage on my x64 Ubuntu 10.10 system to see if it is possible to use less than 256MB. I deactivated swap, killed all unnessecary processes, loged in with the text console (without a display manager) and used openbox with fbpanel as window manager. I opened up chromium browser and loaded the raspberrypi.org page. But this uses more than 280MB. So will it be possible to use a raspberry pi as a small browser? And how is this managed? (Do you or does debian arm compile against ulibc?)
Of course there are a few processes which can still be killed. Also a 32bit platform doesn't consum that much memory as a 64bit platform does. But there needs to be free RAM in the range of 100+MB to be useable and not only 20-50MB.
I hope my english is understandable
So greetings from germany!
P.S.: Memory overview is attached.
I used Xubuntu (Karmic Koala release) for a while on a 600Mhz Pentium III with 256MB memory. Xubuntu is Ubuntu with the lightweight XFCE desktop, so it's footprint is a little smaller than full-blown Ubuntu. Minimum system requirement is 256MB RAM and about 4G on the hard drive and it runs quite well (runs rings around the Windows ME that was originally on it). Though Ubuntu apparently has no interest in supporting ARM architecture, it's simply an example that lightweight linux distro's can run quite well in a smaller environment. I'm sure something comparable is, or will be, available for the RasPi.