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Re: Install and RAID



On Tuesday 23 January 2001 08:45, Nils Lohner wrote:
> In message <843dea9171.fsf@snoopy.apana.org.au>, Brian May writes:
> >>>>>> "Adam" == Adam McKenna <adam@debian.org> writes:
> >
> >    Adam> that probably involves less than 0.01% of all systems out
> >    Adam> there, I don't really see how it applies to my argument that
> >    Adam> Debian shouldn't make software RAID the default.
> >
> >You could argue that not many systems use RAID because it isn't
> >obvious how to install it.
>
> My argument would be that for all the slow small 486 routers/FWs etc.
> with little disk space and memory I'd rather not have raid because of
> speed etc. so this would not be a good default.  IMO, people who want
> it can install it, but as a default I'd prefer normal formatting (note:
> I'm not against being able it select it on installation, I just
> wouldn't want it selected as default).

If you can't spare 64K of disk space and ~100K of RAM then Debian isn't the 
right distribution for you.  Check out the Linux Router Project and other 
small distributions.

Debian can't even be installed onto a hard drive that is less than 50megs in 
size.  The standard install images won't boot from floppy in less than 4M of 
RAM, I suspect that booting from CD takes more memory.
If you want to create a special set of install disks for machines with <4M of 
RAM and <40M of disk space then please go for it!

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