[CentOS] Low-memory Centos5?

Thu May 29 13:12:38 UTC 2008
Ned Slider <ned at unixmail.co.uk>

Jeffrey B. Layton wrote:
> Good morning,
> I've inherited an old laptop from my wife that I'd like to
> use when I travel (it's fairly small with a 12" screen). The
> bad part is that it is maxed out on memory with 384MB.
> Has anyone played with using Centos5 on systems with
> little memory? Ideally, I don't need too much - Firefox,
> Openoffice, a little Perl/Python/C here and there. I was
> thinking about using either XFCE or Icewm as the window
> manager. I'd also like it to work with the existing wireless
> card (Dlink DWL-G650). Any thoughts or recommendations?
> TIA!
> Jeff

As others have said, you should be fine with 384MB RAM. One thing to 
note - I think the graphical installer requires 512MB to run (check the 
release notes) so you would need to perform a text mode install. Do a 
fairly minimal install and add whatever you want afterwards with YUM.