[TEAM] Modifying the minimum required RAM

Pasi Lallinaho pasi at shimmerproject.org
Mon Jan 23 23:29:27 UTC 2017

On 2017-01-24 00:27, Eero Tamminen wrote:
> Hi,
> On 01/24/2017 12:22 AM, flocculant wrote:
>> As per
>> https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/xubuntu-devel/2017-January/011416.html
>> While I have no doubt that Xubuntu will 'run' with 512MB of RAM - I'd
>> not personally like to do so with the increasing requirement that
>> applications (browsers for instance) place upon a system.
>> Even a vm Xubuntu has used 305MB according to free -m without anything
>> started.
>> Better to up that minimum to at least 1024MB.
> These are two different things, how much Xubuntu takes memory,
> and how much applications and application *content* may take
> memory.
> Maybe it's enough to mention that content that people nowadays
> view with www-browsers and office SW can often require (several)
> GB of RAM for them to work comfortably?
> (E.g. browsers will constantly reload tabs in phones & tablets
> if they have just 0.5GB of RAM.  On Linux desktop, like Xubuntu,
> they would just swap horribly.)
>     - Eero

Indeed they are different things.

Our current "recommended" resources say 1GB RAM, so if the minimum is 
1GB, then we should obviously fix the recommended resources as well.

What is comfortable is definitely subjective, but I think the minimum 
system requirements should reflect an environment where you run one 
resource-intensive application at a time at most. Or in other words, you 
shouldn't expect to be able to edit high quality video and watch another 
at the same time smoothly with the minimum requirements. However, you 
should be able to be somwhat productive with your work with those resources.


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