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 From:  Chris Buechler <cbuechler at gmail dot com>
 Cc:  m0n0wall dash dev at lists dot m0n0 dot ch
 Subject:  Re: [m0n0wall-dev] Re: The future
 Date:  Thu, 13 Oct 2005 01:06:46 -0400
On 10/12/05, Joe Nardone <jnardone at gmail dot com> wrote:
>
> Third, footprint/memory: The thing has to run in 64MB RAM. I'd guess we're
> at the end of the 8MB flash image (being realistic) but under 16MB would be
> preferable. You shut out some segment of folks from upgrading (not sure how
> big; aren't most of the Soekris boxes 64MB?) if the memory/storage demands
> are too great.
>

I agree that we're probably at the end of the useful life of sticking
with 8 MB.  Can't fit much more into the image and stay within 8.

While CF size is probably not an issue for the majority of
installations, if you bump the image size to, say, 16 MB, you're going
to start seeing issues on systems with 64 MB RAM on upgrades at a
minimum.  m0n0wall runs from RAM, so that's an extra 8 MB of RAM use,
and then when you upgrade another 16 MB free space needed to hold the
new image.  That definitely completely shuts out the 32 MB Soekris
boards that are out there, and complicates things with 64 MB boards
which likely comprise at least half of embedded installs.  Granted
that's assuming a full 16 MB is used...with everything we have in 8
MB, we could get a whole heck of a lot in 16.  :)

-Chris