Something that has stumped me recently in this community and others is the desire for 8GB Pis, and I thought I might shed some light onto just how little I’ve needed in my projects, and get people to pipe up on how much theirs use, though I definitely don’t want to discount progress and I am keeping in mind the past:
I have to say that in 1981, making those decisions, I felt like I was providing enough freedom for 10 years. That is, a move from 64k to 640k felt like something that would last a great deal of time. Well, it didn’t – it took about only 6 years before people started to see that as a real problem.
Here’s a screenshot of the
htop command on my home-server Pi that’s running Jellyfin for media management, samba for file sharing, unifi console for network management, and mdadm for software raid. I also copied a ton of small files onto a file share on the Pi, and started a stream of a natively ripped 4K blu-ray to give it a bit more to chew on:
You can see that it’s only using half a gig of ram!
I’ll admit that this is running without a desktop environment, and that something like chromium could chew up a lot more, so I’m keen to see what others are seeing!
It’s also worth noting that you’ll need a 64-bit OS to even address 8GB of memory, so you’ll have to move to Ubuntu from Raspberry Pi OS, as the 64-bit variant of Pi OS is still “in the oven”
P.S. check out that uptime! I haven’t had to do a restart in 155 days! Windows Server can come up with equal or larger numbers to linux, but I’d like to see that from a consumer windows PC