Ubuntu Server hardware requirements...

Dustin Kirkland dustin.kirkland at gmail.com
Thu Mar 31 13:49:21 UTC 2011

On Thu, Mar 31, 2011 at 2:43 AM, Clint Byrum <clint at ubuntu.com> wrote:
> https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Installation/SystemRequirements
> This states the following requirements for running Ubuntu Server:
>  * 300 MHz x86 processor
>  * 128MB of system memory (RAM)
>  * 1GB of disk space
>  * Graphics card and monitor capable of 640x480
>  * CD-ROM drive
> The first one is somewhat funny, as I think there were only a few early
> Pentium II's and PentiumPro's that ran at 300Mhz. Since we dropped i586
> support in Maverick, might we also think about raising this to say,
> 450Mhz ?
> Also while there are things one can do w/ 128MB of RAM on Ubuntu
> Server.. is it a realistic minimum?
> Do we actually require a graphics card? If you are clever you can get
> the alternative installer to install via serial console IIRC.

Correct.  For reference I was able to install Natty just now in a KVM
with no VGA with the following:

kvm -cdrom natty-server-amd64.iso -kernel vmlinuz -initrd initrd.gz
--append "console=ttyS0 priority=critical locale=en_US
url=http://bit.ly/uquick" -vga none -serial stdio

Note that I loop mounted the iso to extract vmlinuz and initrd.gz,
which are required if you use kvm's --append.  If you haven't done
this before, running the Ubuntu Installer in a virtual machine on a
command line over SSH is kind of fun :-)


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