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

Eberhard Roloff tuxebi at
Mon Oct 20 23:19:14 UTC 2008

Bas Roufs wrote:
>> 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.

while I habe been a xubuntut advocate for long, I recently cahnged my 
mind for low spec machines, following the given advice to use a lower 
spec wm.

To the best of my knowledge the best fuxbox based linux running 
excellently on low spec linux is TinyME. Admittedly, it is not based on 
Ubuntu, but it is looking good, indeed.

Kind regards and habe some fun, giving your laptop a new life.


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