[TEAM] Clarifying the minimum requirements to install/try/run

flocculant flocculant at gmx.co.uk
Mon Jan 23 22:15:13 UTC 2017

Responses inline.

On 23/01/17 21:24, Pasi Lallinaho wrote:
> Hello,
> 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 [1] 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
Agree that we should match those.
> 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
Well. Yes I can see the sense in doing this.

I guess we're forgetting about the Xubuntu Core iso idea then :(

Because that would have been a better swap in my opinion.
> 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.
Starting another thread ...
> Cheers,
> Pasi
> [1] http://xubuntu.org/getxubuntu/requirements/
> -- 
> Pasi Lallinaho (knome)                    ›http://open.knome.fi/
> Xubuntu Website Lead & Council member     ›http://xubuntu.org/
> Shimmer Project co-founder                ›http://shimmerproject.org/
> Ubuntu member

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