the importance of providing swap space

Tiago Marques tiagomnm at
Fri Oct 23 10:10:26 EDT 2009

It seems you got lucky, the most common behavior is for it to "crash".

I've been an advocate of "SWAP for the XO" since I got one, even
things like browsing become many times faster. It becomes even more
important on the XO OS because it seems to take up anywhere from
30-80MiB more than a similar distribution.
Some users of DebXO have reported that they don't need swap and I've
also noticed that memory requirements on my custom built xfce Gentoo
are much lower. I can get Firefox open with 3-5 tabs and stay below
70MiB whereas on the Fedora, even with XFCE, It usually goes up to
more than 120MiB. Open a PDF and you're done.

Best regards,

On Fri, Oct 23, 2009 at 12:24 PM, Mikus Grinbergs <mikus at> wrote:
> Helped a friend install os8 on his XO-1.  When we got done, he
> decided to enter the command 'yum install gparted'.  Yum failed with
> a "not enough memory" error.
> I happened to have an SD card with me that had a swap partition
> defined on it.  The XO's SD slot was already in use, so I attached
> an USB card reader (with my card in it), and issued the appropriate
> 'swapon /dev/...' command.
> Now he could issue 'rpm -e gparted' and then 'yum install gparted'
> again.  This time, yum was successful.
> The moral:  Things can be done if swap space is present that cannot
> be done if swap space is not present.
> mikus
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