W. H. Heydt wrote: ↑
Mon Aug 19, 2019 2:23 pm
SueGeo wrote: ↑
Mon Aug 19, 2019 12:52 pm
k-pi wrote: ↑
Mon Aug 19, 2019 11:13 am
It makes sense to get the one with the most ram that you can afford, the same as with any other computer.
I bought a 4GB - web browsers have a tendency to need more ram over time, so I should be safe for a few years now.
Since my first 286 in the 80s, what's worked for me, is to get what I need or what's available at the time. By the time needs change, there will be better/faster/cheaper available.
I was going to say something like that... By the time normal desktop usage needs more than 2GB, one will probably be able to replace it with a Pi5 or Pi6.
There are some who have observed the normal desktop RAM footprint of RISC OS on the Raspberry Pi fits easily within 512MB.
Raspian, on the other hand, is based on different software that is developed for 64-bit Intel-compatible machines with 8GB RAM and more. As a result, the memory footprint of Raspbian is much larger and likely to grow further. Running a current Linux desktop in 1GB has recently been a problem because of the web browser. As time goes on, more things like systemd and dbus will be added which use additional memory in order to run things faster and in parallel. Since very few developers of various softwares and regression suites classify increased memory use as a serious problem, the corollary to Parkinson's law
still holds: The desktop will expand to fill all available memory.
In the same way there is a structural tendency of bureaucracies to make work for themselves, so too the frameworks and build systems of modern languages have a tendency to encourage code bloat.
I bought the 2GB model. While 4GB would have made deduplication of BTRFS volumes more practical, it is otherwise working fine.