Installing Ubuntu

NoOp glgxg at
Tue Apr 28 01:13:16 UTC 2009

On 04/27/2009 05:36 PM, Sean or Mona wrote:
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Karl F. Larsen" <klarsen1 at>
> To: "Ubuntu user technical support, not for general discussions"
> <ubuntu-users at>
> Sent: Monday, April 27, 2009 19:00
> Subject: Re: Installing Ubuntu
>>     Your TOO poor to be owning a computer. Sell it and give up on Ubuntu.
> That was the original motivator for trying to evaluate Linux - I can't
> afford to upgrade Windoze.
> Unfortunately, from what you say, if this is really that ancient, nobody
> would buy it anyhow.
> I see you're really sensitive about those of us on fixed incomes, permanent
> disability.
> Unfortunately, many others share your level of compassion, which doesn't
> help ver much.

Karl enjoys sharing with others that he's 'rich' - ignore such comments.

Your system _will_ run with 256Mb, but it will be sluggish depending
upon the application & I'd recommend at least 384Mb. As I mentioned
previously, I have a laptop that is only 800Mhz/384Mb and it works just
fine for the most part.
  I also converted a college student's system from Win98 to Ubuntu, and
she's still using it daily. The specs are:

          description: CPU
          product: Pentium III (Katmai)
          vendor: Intel Corp.
          size: 600MHz
          description: System memory
          size: 255MiB
                description: VGA compatible controller
                product: NV6 [Vanta/Vanta LT]
                vendor: nVidia Corporation

It is even running a Mac Leopard lookalike desktop on it (she had a Mac
laptop that crapped out on her). I've offered to give her a 1Ghz/512Mb
system for free, but she says that it's running just fine and rather
wait until summer until school is out to make the change. I installed it
for her in June 2008 and the only call I've received from her for help
is when she needed to add a new HP printer that wasn't yet in the
printer database.

So, even with 256Mb, a 1.4Ghz system should perform reasonably well for
most applications. But I definitely would look into adding more memory
if you possibly can - memory pretty much makes the world go round these

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