Ah, the Good Olde Days...
There was a time when an 8G drive was considered absolutely huge (say, around 1992, perhaps).
Try to install Windows Vista on one today and prepare to be laughed at by Microsoft Technical Support.
On the other hand, I have a very nice, speedy install of Ubuntu Linux running on a 5GB drive using the Fluxbox desktop, Open Office, Firefox, and Thunderbird; everything the usual office worker could require, all free software, and great performance in a relatively small amount of storage.
I wonder how long it will take for Microsoft to buy SanDisk and stop the shipments of solid-state hard drives, to prevent further embarrassment.