Confusing desktop system requirements (from [Bug 237114])

Steve Langasek steve.langasek at
Sun Jun 8 19:35:59 BST 2008

On Sat, Jun 07, 2008 at 10:47:07AM +0100, Matthew East wrote:

> Could a developer help with the below bug by commenting on what the
> correct system requirements are?

I believe the information on to be
accurate, but have not personally verified it:

  Desktop CD

  The desktop CD allows you to try Ubuntu without changing your computer at
  all, and at your option to install it permanently later. This type of CD is
  what most people will want to use. You will need at least 384MB of RAM to
  install from this CD.

  Alternate install CD

  The alternate install CD allows you to perform certain specialist
  installations of Ubuntu. It provides for the following situations:

    * installs on systems with less than about 384MB of RAM

This 384MB figure comes courtesy of Brian Murray, 2008-03-06.

I don't know where the 8GB disk figure comes from.  I continued to do all of
my ISO testing in a 4GB disk slice up to the very end of the release cycle.
I'm guessing this recommendation is an estimate of 4GB for the system, 4GB
for user data?

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