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Bug#319878: kernel-image-2.6-686: the entire range of 2.6 debian kernels do not install on m/cs with <= 48mb RAM

Package: kernel-image-2.6-686
Version: 2.6.5-2
Severity: normal

not one single one of the 2.6 kernels - 2.6.5, 2.6.6, 2.6.7, 2.6.8,
2.6.9, 2.6.10, 2.6.11 nor 2.6.12 - can be installed on a system with
less than 48mb of RAM - because of the hungry memory requirements
of the initial ram disk.

right at the BEGINNING of the kernel boot, ram disks are allocated.

virtual memory cannot solve the problem because no disk access
has been set up.

see #319823.

running a 2.4 kernel is NOT a xxxxing acceptable answer to solving this
problem.  what happens in a year, two years' time, when 2.4 is no longer

telling people to "roll their own" kernel (mr horms) isn't an
acceptable option, either.  i may be able to do that (mr horms)
but other people won't be able to.

you going (mr horms) to tell me and people like me that i
should throw away perfectly good hardware????

possible solutions:

* fix the bloody 2.6 kernel so it doesn't use so much damn memory.

* fix the debian-specific, debian-created and debian-responsible
  initrd ramdisk so it doesn't require so much damn memory.

* provide an alternate "compact" ramdisk if fixing the "default"
  ramdisk isn't a viable option.

-- System Information:
Debian Release: testing/unstable
Architecture: i386
Kernel: Linux highfield 2.6.11-1-686 #1 Fri May 20 07:34:54 UTC 2005 i686

Versions of packages kernel-image-2.6-686 depends on:
ii  kernel-image-2.6.5-1-686      2.6.5-4    Linux kernel image for version 2.6

-- no debconf information

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