Using 8gb Ram on a 32bit Ubuntu (and its derivatives)

Something new ive just found out! I have a PC with 8gb of ram, so of course normaly on a 32 bit distro im not going to get most of that used. After wandering the web for a bit i came across a post on MintBlog that said it was possible to get all that 8gb used with the 32 bit server kernel.

‘Whats the point?’ i hear you cry. Well, i like Mint XFCE, but its 32 bit. In addition, most of the programs i use are 32 bit. So when i am using a 64 bit distro i have a bit of wasted memory. I have my 64 bit Ubuntu hard drive, and now i have my Mint XFCE 32 bit server kernel hard drive. Both of which i can get the best out of.

If you still dont think this is a pointless act, the following lines need to be typed into your terminal to install the server kernel.

sudo apt-get install linux-restricted-modules-server
sudo apt-get install linux-headers-server
sudo apt-get install linux-image-server

Now reboot your PC and all should be good!

As always i hope someone finds this usefull!



  1. Vadim P. said,

    October 26, 2008 at 10:19 pm

    So you basically installed the kernel configured for a server.

    You might notice oddities on a desktop then, as the priorities for a server and desktop are quite different…

  2. naikimuli said,

    October 26, 2008 at 11:09 pm

    That is true. For the few programs i use i have found it works for me. Thanks for your reply, i guess i should have put a warning up about it to others reading this heh.

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