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Here I am. A k6-2@300 MHz, 2GB HD, 256 MB RAM. Ubuntu Hoary (kernel 6.8.10-386), Xorg 6.8.1 (I am using the VESA driver at 640x480 24bpp since this monitor will crap out on average refresh rates), XFCE4, Firefox 1.0 with 4 tabs, apache2+php4+mysql running as a server, the sshd daemon, 3 xterms open and 2 console sessions. Also, I installed java 1.5.0 jdk.
HD: 872 MB used, 1.1 GB free.
RAM: 233 MB used, of those 124 are cache, and the rest is actually used. No swap used at all.
uptime: 19 hours 38 minutes.
I can do remote X sessions to here using ssh -X (runs nice in a 10 mbps network). I can update from the net, on a 10mbps network it downloads from the ubuntu archives at like 400 Kbytes/s while the rest of the system runs happily.
Sorting processes by memory in top, the highest user is firefox, with up to 18.5% of memory.
Hell, I have a computer at home, an AMD 486@133MHz 32 MB RAM with a debian woody, compiled 2.4 kernel that can run blackbox on X, compile with gcc and play mp3s with mpg123 with no sound skips.
Do you really think the situation is that bad?