Originally Posted by nickdalzell
once again i could care less how it is designed. or why it does it. i got 15MB left i cannot use not matter what, that i feel i personally am devoted to. risks or whatever. i do not want an OS blocking me telling me a lie that it is out of space when it's far from it!. it's not out of space until there is .5MB left. not 15MB. a 300KB app is far less than 15MB. easy math!
Sorry, but you're just not getting it. The small size of an app you want to install has nothing to do with how much space you THINK you have available. The operating system, and programs it runs, need space AVAILABLE for when they're running. In the Linux world we call it swap space; I don't know what's analogous to it in the windows world. At any rate, Android is just another operating system, and it needs space available that will allow programs and system functions to run. If that means you apparently have 15MB of space available, yet you're unable to install anything, I have to assume that the OS is preventing you doing so because otherwise it would GRIND TO A HALT later, when it tries to run a process or app and freezes due to lack of space. I'm not familiar enough with how Android allocates space to really say anything more; my expertise is in the actual, pure Linux world.
And now I think we should take argedion's excellent suggestion to get this thread back on topic. If you want to discuss various Android and/or Linux issues, per se, that have nothing to do with this thread's topic, start a new thread!