slackware can't install

Adam Myrow myrowa at
Fri Aug 24 19:27:42 EDT 2007

On Fri, 24 Aug 2007, Jude DaShiell wrote:

> One note that should maybe be added to the speakup documentation for 
> slackware is about swap partitions needing to be twice the ram size 
> that's on a computer.

This is a completely false statement, that for some reason gets propagated 
over and over again.  From what I understand, the idea dates back to an 
early version of BSD which would duplicate all of your RAM to swap space, 
thus creating a redundant copy of RAM.  So, you had to have more swap than 
ram in order to have any swap space at all.  The way Linux, and most other 
operating systems do it is to append swap to RAM, so if you have 1GB of 
RAM, and 2GB of swap, you effectively have 3GB of memory.  I have 1GB of 
RAM on my system, and almost never use any swap space.  Of course, if I 
ran Gnome, I might use some of it, but I doubt I'd come even close to 2GB.

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