Running Ubuntu or Xubuntu with 550 Mhz and 186 MB RAM?

Gilles Gravier gilles at
Mon Oct 20 15:05:41 UTC 2008


You will need to install from the alternate CDs... because of low
memory. But beyond that, it will work.

I run it on a 450 MHz Sony Vayo with 320 MB of RAM. Ram is your
killer... here. The more you have the better it will perform. It's cheap
nowadays. Get a 256 PC-133 chip and add it to the machine and you'll be


Bas Roufs wrote:
> Dear Everybody
> As a provisional solution, I have to temporarily work with an old 
> laptop, a 'Compaq Armada 100 S'. Main specifications:
> +/- 186 MB RAM, +/- 550 MhZ processor (Pentium II). The HD contains 4,7 
> GB in total or 3,8 GB of free space if I would take into account the 
> existing Window98 installation.
> So, I checked the Ubuntu website about the minimum system requirements:
>> Ubuntu is available for PC, 64-Bit PC and Intel based Mac 
>> architectures. At least 256 MB of RAM is required to run the alternate 
>> install CD (384MB of RAM is required to use the live CD based 
>> installer). Install requires at least 4 GB of disk space.
> Does - in spite of this- any one have experience with Ubuntu on an old 
> computer with specifications similar to those above?
> 'Xubuntu' has the image to be able to run on old computers with a 
> limited capacity. However, at, the following has been written:
>> To run the Desktop CD (LiveCD + Install CD), you need 128 MB RAM to 
>> run or 192 MB RAM to install. The Alternate Install CD only requires 
>> you to have 64 MB RAM. (...) Once installed, Xubuntu can run with 192 
>> MB RAM, but it is strongly recommended to have at least 256 MB RAM.
> Does any one have experience with Xubuntu on an old computer with 
> similar specifications?
> Is there any other Linux distro that could work on that old Compaq, at 
> least in combination with OpenOffice, Firefox and Thunderbird?
> Thanks for your reply,
> Respectfully Yours,
> Bas.

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