[TEAM] Clarifying the minimum requirements to install/try/run
pasi at shimmerproject.org
Mon Jan 23 21:24:30 UTC 2017
based on a discussion that happened a while ago, and after checking if
the council was OK with the general direction, I want to start a
discussion on the minimum system requirements – and changing them to
suit our needs better.
Currently, our website  says the following:
To *install* or *try Xubuntu* within the Desktop/Live DVD, you need
*256 MB* of memory, if you are using the /Minimal CD/, which uses
the non-graphical Debian Installer and downloads packages as you
install, you need 128 MB of memory.
*Once installed*, you should have at least *512 MB* of memory.
There are several things I'm proposing to change here. First, the
minimum requirements for installing or trying Xubuntu should match the
minimum requirements of actually using Xubuntu. There are (at least)
three reasons to do this:
– It's very unlikely that somebody will install/try Xubuntu with less
memory than they'll have after they have installed the system
– The experience the user will get when trying Xubuntu with 256MB memory
will not be ideal, or even close
– To avoid confusion; we don't want to let people think there is even a
slim chance that 256MB is enough
Another thing I want to propose is the removal of the mention to the
minimal CD. Again, there are a few main reasons for this:
– While the minimal CD can be helpful for some, it isn't Xubuntu
– Installing the Xubuntu desktop from the minimal CD will still require
a minimum of 512MB to run at least somewhat smoothly; we want to avoid
confusion and not make people think they can run Xubuntu with as little
as 128MB memory
As you can see from the argumentation above, the main target is to
clarify the minimum requirements and avoid any confusion.
If anybody has anything against the proposed above, please reply to this
mail within a week with argumentation. If no objections are made, I will
start the process to change this information on the website.
Another question that is related, but out of the scope of this exact
discussion is if we should make the minimum required amount of RAM
higher than it is now. If people have ideas about this, feel free to
share them on this mailing list – but please start another thread.
Pasi Lallinaho (knome) › http://open.knome.fi/
Xubuntu Website Lead & Council member › http://xubuntu.org/
Shimmer Project co-founder › http://shimmerproject.org/
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