[Lubuntu-qa] Minimum and recommended RAM to install Lubuntu Trusty

Nio Wiklund nio.wiklund at gmail.com
Thu Mar 27 09:08:24 UTC 2014

2014-03-27 09:39, JM skrev:
> On Thu, 27 Mar 2014 12:29:56 +0400
> Ali Linx <ali.linux at amjjawad.net> wrote:
>> That said, as per my +3 years endless tests, the Recommended RAM for 
>> Lubuntu 'must be' IMHO = 512MB
>> If you will ever mention 'minimum' then you should mention too that: 
>> "please note that your machine will not work as expected after installing."
>> Let's be 'extra' clear when we're dealing with our users if we do care 
>> about them. This is 'very' important IMHO.
>> To me, it is totally non-sense to even waste time to test that on less 
>> than 256MB RAM simply because your machine will not handle one open tab 
>> say Facebook or Gmail. As for YouTube, you should mention a huge red 
>> label note that those with less than 512MB should forget YouTube and 
>> watching movies.
> Hi,
> I clearly agree with that, which might in some cases not be even enough, as the hardware
> when old would often need some checks and some care.
> Regards,
> Mélodie
Hi everybody,

The text we are discussing is like this now
System Requirements

We have done many tests and we've found out that Lubuntu can be
installed on a Pentium II or Celeron system with 128 MB of RAM, but such
a system would not perform well enough for daily use.

With 256MB - 384MB of RAM, the performance will be better and the system
will be more usable.

With 512MB of RAM, you don't need to worry much.

The default "Desktop" installer requires 384-800 MB of RAM (depending on
selected options.) If you have problems, please use the "Alternate"
and it is part of the web page


which was last edited 2013-11-26 12:48:42 by dale-visser

I think we must change it.

1. Lubuntu Core Trusty works with 128 MB RAM, but not standard Lubuntu
Trusty. And Lubuntu Core needs at least 256 MB to work reasonably well,
but not for browsing bloated web pages. So it is mis-leading to state
that Lubuntu can be installed with 128 MB of RAM. It might be true for
some old version, but it is not true for Lubuntu Trusty.

2. With zRAM, the Lubuntu desktop installer does not need more than 384
MB RAM. Before zRAM was used, it might need 700-800 MB for some
complicated installations.

3. Let us consider if we should specify the amount of RAM necessary for
the alternate installer. I think it is better to specify it.

4. Let us consider if we should also display the alternatives OBI and 9w
to install Lubuntu Core, which is lighter than standard Lubuntu.
Remember that there are many old computers with 256 MB RAM!

Best regards

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