Re: Server and Network Sizing

From: The Fungi (
Date: 05/21/03

On Wed, May 21, 2003 at 07:28:32AM -0500, Ken Ray wrote:
> So, will my server be adequate?  It is (currently) an AMD K6-2 350MHz
> processor, 198Meg memory running RedHat Linux 8.0.  Nothing else will be
> running on the server.  Disk is probably not an issue, but it is a 20GB IDE
> drive.  Network will be initially a 512k x 512k business class cable modem
> connection, to be upgraded to 1M x 1M.  The mud is Circle 3.1, Oasis, DG
> scripts, ascii pfiles, and some other pretty standard code enhancements.

Swatting a fly with a Buick. I have a 75MHz 486 laptop with 24MB RAM
and a 500MB IDE drive running Debian-sid GNU/Linux that's able to
handle 10 users on a similarly-assembled MUD with no appreciable
lag. Not that I would use it in production, but that should give you
some sense of scale. Now I don't know about RedHat, but if you pick
and choose the packages carefully I'm sure you can strip the
installation down to a bare minimum and not waste too much of your
system on unused system daemons and other garbage. As for bandwidth,
some years ago I hosted a MUD for a while off a dial-up static IPA
at 2.4Kbps (with some ANSI color even)... not huge but ocassionally
got up to 40 or 50 simultaneous players with no problem.
{ IRL(Jeremy_Stanley); PGP(9E8DFF2E4F5995F8FEADDC5829ABF7441FB84657);
SMTP(; IRC(; ICQ(114362511);
AIM(dreadazathoth); YAHOO(crawlingchaoslabs); FINGER(;
MUD(; WWW(; }

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