Preparing to embark on a bit of a lab tidy.
The first small box o' clutter I pick up is odds & ends related to the li'l booksize PC which is the lab Linux box.
From the contents, I determine 2 things:
- It has 2GB of RAM installed.
- The motherboard can only handle 2GB of RAM.
Well, this wouldn't really be a problem, 2GB normally being a great plenty for Linux, except that a couple of months back I was trying to run one of those Eclipse-based ARM IDEs on it - it is, after all, the lab machine, and gadgets being debugged generally belong on the workbench - and found that it kept choking on account of running out of memory. Upgrading the memory was sort of on my to-do list for Real Soon Now.
Apparently the Java environment does something or other that makes physical RAM a critical resource. All those decades of work to make virtual memory transparent to the application? Pfffft!
Oh, well. The new (refurbished) lab Windows box may do OK on that front, and it can run sundry development tools (e.g., those for playing with the various STM32 Discovery boards) that are not available on Linux in the first place.