Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 17th Aug 2009 16:07 UTC, submitted by lemur2
Linux We already discussed David Finch, Dell's senior product marketing manager for Linux clients, last week. We missed, however, some more interesting statements by Finch; Dell is looking into the ARM-based netbook smartbook market, and close to a third of all of Dell's netbooks ship with Linux.
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RE[3]: I do not really get this
by lemur2 on Tue 18th Aug 2009 12:12 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: I do not really get this"
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I got a Dell Mini 9 with a 4GB SSD drive which I am regretting, the OS as it comes takes up well over 2GB. Add a couple of extra applications to it and you soon start filling it up. First time I tried updating I ran out of disk space while downloading the updates. 8GB probably would be fine, 4GB is just too small however.

For my files and stuff, I don't use the SSD, instead I make use of the SDHC slot and have an 8GB card in there with movies and music on, and for more stuff I have a 160GB USB mini harddrive that I take if I need to.

This info may help:

The local cache for packages is apparently stored in /var/cache/apt/archive.

To help with your situation, try mounting the /var directory to a different disk other than the 4GB SSD. This can be done via fstab.

Failing that, you could always type in
$ sudo apt-get upgrade


$ sudo aptitude dist-upgrade

... and then cancel. Wipe your mouse over the list of individual packages you just cancelled, and paste them into a text file.

Then install them one (or just a few) at a time using:

$ aptitude install <copy_paste_package_name(s)>

The latter method will still (somewhat tediously) achieve the upgrade, but it won't flood your local packages cache.

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