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044. What are the Disk Space Requirements for Minimal, Server, and WorkstationUse?




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This article is from the Frequently Asked Questions for Linux, the Free/Open Source UNIX-like operating system kernel that runs on many modern computer systems. Maintained by David C. Merrill with numerous contributions by others. (v1.0).

044. What are the Disk Space Requirements for Minimal, Server, and WorkstationUse?

A: Linux needs about 10Mb for a very minimal installation, suitable for trying Linux, and not much else.

You can fit a typical server installation, including the X Window System GUI, into 80Mb. Installing a small Debian GNU/Linux workstation takes from 500Mb to 1GB, including kernel source code, some space for user files, and spool areas.

Installing a commercial distribution that has a desktop GUI environment, commercial word processor, and front-office productivity suite, will claim 15.1 GB of disk space, approximately.

A fully installed Debian GNU/Linux system could use several Gigabytes of disk space.

 

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