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How many RAM should I give to Fedora?

asked 2012-11-23 00:26:30 -0500

luuk2305 gravatar image

I have downloaded Fedora 17. Now I want to install it in VMWare Player. I also have 8GB ram. How much should I give to Fedora? Player is 32-bit, so I downloaded the 32-bit version. Like, can I only give 2GB RAM? Or could I give 4GB? Also, I'm using Windows 7 Home Premium (upgrading to Windows 8 soon).

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answered 2012-11-26 08:51:37 -0500

My experience shows that you can start with ~512 Mb with the base custom OS configuration (i.e. choose wisely what you want to install on the system). Later on, you can add whatever applications and other OS packages you may need. I guess you can increase memory for your virtual host using VMWare player (I have never used it though, but should be included. Oracle Virtual Box does!).

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answered 2012-11-26 05:07:38 -0500

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updated 2012-11-26 05:09:17 -0500

Well, I like to share my experience with Fedora 17. I am developing mobile applications for iPhone and Android. So, I have a macmini for that purpose. It has got 2GB of RAM. When I boot up Mac OS X Lion, it will consume around 1GB. Once I opened Firefox, Netbeans or Xcode, and iPhone simulator or android emulator, Lion will not only used up the RAM completely, but also an additional 2-3 GB of virtual memory is also consumed, and also get sluggish.

So, I decided to dual boot it with Fedora 17. Now, when I boot up and logged in Fedora 17 It will consume around 300-350 MB of RAM. Once I opened Firefox, Netbeans, Android emulator, it take up only around 1.1GiB RAM. As I writing this, I have opened, Firefox with 5 tabs, Netbeans, Android emulator, GIMP, Terminal with 3 tabs, and Gnome System Monitor. The memory usage status is 1.2GiB RAM and 231.9MiB on Swap. Cool to have a blazingly fast system, eh!.

So, 2GB RAM will be very much enough for normal uses.

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answered 2012-11-25 05:14:52 -0500

evansourav gravatar image

Update to Fedora instead instead of Windows Use 1GB or more as u wish in it For more support join here

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answered 2012-11-23 06:49:02 -0500

Froggy gravatar image

I ran Oracle VM VirtualBox on a less powerful PC than yours. I gave Fedora some 940MB memory and it still ran fairly usable. So the 2GB should be just fine.

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answered 2012-11-23 01:25:28 -0500

charan gravatar image

You can set RAM to your wish, but minimum is 1GB RAM. And one more suggestion fedora 17 will not boot if you upgrade windows 7 to windows 8 because of some security restrictions in windows 8...

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