C.3. Disk Space Needed for Tasks

The base installation for i386 using the default 2.4 kernel, including all standard packages, requires 573MB of disk space.

The following table lists sizes reported by aptitude for the tasks listed in tasksel. Note that some tasks have overlapping constituents, so the total installed size for two tasks together may be less than the total obtained by adding up the numbers.

Note that you will need to add the sizes listed in the table to the size of the base installation when determining the size of partitions. Most of the size listed as “Installed size” will end up in /usr; the size listed as “Download size” is (temporarily) required in /var.

Task Installed size (MB) Download size (MB) Space needed to install (MB)
Desktop 1392 460 1852
Web server 36 12 48
Print server 168 58 226
DNS server 2 1 3
File server 47 24 71
Mail server 10 3 13
SQL database 66 21 87


The Desktop task will install both the Gnome and KDE desktop environments.

If you install in a language other than English, tasksel may automatically install a localization task, if one is available for your language. Space requirements differ per language; you should allow up to 200MB in total for download and installation.