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

Pasi Lallinaho pasi at shimmerproject.org
Mon Jan 23 22:20:47 UTC 2017

Mine as well...

On 2017-01-24 00:15, flocculant wrote:
> 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.

Not forgetting at all – but since there's currently no mention of it, 
and we still haven't got "official" ISOs out yet, it's probably better 
keep it like this for now.

We can (and should) definitely mention Xubuntu core once it's out for 
the public in its official incarnation.

>> 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

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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