Ubuntu Server hardware requirements...
n2vip at verizon.net
Thu Mar 31 13:17:27 UTC 2011
Just my $0.02 worth (in line comments):
On Mar 31, 2011, at 3:43 AM, Clint Byrum <clint at ubuntu.com> wrote:
> This states the following requirements for running Ubuntu Server:
> * 300 MHz x86 processor
The requirement of 300 MHz has more to do with providing a backhand way of indicating a generation of processor - it may be prudent to reword this to say "Pentium II processor or compatible"
> * 128MB of system memory (RAM)
While 128 Meg of RAM is tight for a standard install, I can easily imagine a VM running in that small amount of RAM (what is it called now, a 'minimal' install of Ubuntu Server could probably run fine with 128 Meg).
> * 1GB of disk space
The install media fits on a CD-R, so a 1 gig footprint for the OS seems right (user requirements would certainly add to that, but the 'requirement' is for the OS only)
> * Graphics card and monitor capable of 640x480
Serial consoles may be an option, but they are far from mainstream, maybe it would make sense to add ", or a previously configured serial console"
Also, as a question, is the 640x480 a hard coded requirement, or can the installer handle lower resolutions?
> * CD-ROM drive
As others have noted, a CD-ROM is not a requirement, maybe add words to the effect " or other compatible way to load the OS, USB key, PXE NetBoot, etc."
A hardware requirement means something is "required to function", not makes for a 'comfortable user experience' - that is why many OS vendors describe both a set of system requirements and a recommended system configuration.
Anyway, that's my two cents worth...
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