3.1.12 DRAM memory guidelines
Following are rough guidelines for DRAM.
4MB: Bare minimum for Linux kernel to function.
16MB: Minimum for reasonable console system.
32MB: Minimum for simple X system.
64MB: Minimum for X system with GNOME/KDE.
128MB: Comfortable for X system with GNOME/KDE.
256MB (or more): Why not if you can afford it? DRAM is cheap.
Using the boot option mem=4m (or lilo
append="mem=4m") will show how the system would perform
with 4MB of memory installed. A lilo boot parameter is needed for a system
containing more than 64MB of memory with an old BIOS.