Update of the minimum requierements

Richard Elkins richard.elkins at gmail.com
Fri Nov 15 18:33:21 UTC 2013

This would also be a good time to warn people about troublesome hardware
platforms.  Engineers often are able to experiment until they get their
rig working but what about the non-computer-technical end users?

For example (my own experience of this past year), it's too easy to fall
into the trap of one type of Intel graphics is equivalent to another in
terms of vendor support.  The i915 kernel module and X
xserver-xorg-video-intel driver have performed well for Intel in-house
graphics.  However, the gma500_gfx kernel module and X
xserver-xorg-video-modesetting driver have been used as a
one-size-fits-all solution for all of the Intel / PowerVR SGX 545
graphics.  See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intel_GMA for details.

There probably other hardware stories.  Many of these unfortunate
experiences are addressed as time goes by but, in some cases, the vendor
has declined to provide support for Linux (E.g. Intel / PowerVR SGX 545

On 11/15/2013 11:59 AM, Bruno Benitez wrote:
> As technological boundaries move on, andas newer hardwareand
> softwaremake theirpresencesfelt,perhaps it is time to take a look at
> our hardware requirements. [1]
> Many users move to Xubuntu from older computers to try to "revitalize"
> them. Whilethe system will work, andthey will be able to use the
> programs that we shipin our default installation, it is possible that
> a computer with only the minimum requirements will not provide thetype
> of experience we would wish to show the world.
> As Xubuntu is not exclusively targeted toward older systems,webelieve
> that it is important to warn our prospectiveusers about this issue.
> We know that many of you deploy Xubuntu on a regular basis,so
> we'reaskingyou to tellus what you consider to bea*realistic* Minimum
> and Recommended setup.
> Specificallywe wouldlike to knowhow much RAM and Hard Disk space you
> would recommend to a new userif you were going to install Xubuntu for
> them.
> Could they still work with the stated minimum of 512MB of RAM and
> 4.4Gb of hard disk space for a desktop install?
> [1] http://xubuntu.org/getxubuntu/
> -- 
> Bruno.-

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