[xubuntu-users] xubuntu-users Digest, Vol 22, Issue 13

David Collins david.8.collins at gmail.com
Tue Oct 21 22:36:11 UTC 2008


I trialled installing Xubuntu (using the alternate CD) in virtual
sessions with memory as low as 64 and 128 megs.
Although it installed successfully with 64 megs, it was noticeably
slower, but I found that it ran quite OK with 128 megs - so I think you
will be fine with 186 megs RAM.
3.8 gigs disk will also be sufficient, and the 500 mHz CPU will be OK -
obviously it will not run super-fast.

The good thing about xubuntu for someone new to linux is that it is
fairly user-friendly (well, as much as Linux ever is), so if you have
nothing to lose, give it a go.

Use the alternate CD ..

Although, this CD is called 'alternate', don't be put off - it asks much
the same questions as the live CD, but has text-based menus rather than
a graphical interface.

David Collins

> Message: 2
> Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2008 16:54:54 +0200
> From: Bas Roufs <basroufs at gmail.com>
> Subject: [xubuntu-users] Running Ubuntu or Xubuntu with 550 Mhz and
> 	186 MB	RAM?
> To: "Ubuntu Help and User Discussions."
> 	<ubuntu-users at lists.ubuntu.com>, 	xubuntu-users at lists.ubuntu.com
> Message-ID: <48FC9BBE.8080107 at gmail.com>
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> Dear Everybody
> As a provisional solution, I have to temporarily work with an old 
> laptop, a 'Compaq Armada 100 S'. Main specifications:
> +/- 186 MB RAM, +/- 550 MhZ processor (Pentium II). The HD contains 4,7 
> GB in total or 3,8 GB of free space if I would take into account the 
> existing Window98 installation.
> So, I checked the Ubuntu website about the minimum system requirements:
> >
> > Ubuntu is available for PC, 64-Bit PC and Intel based Mac 
> > architectures. At least 256 MB of RAM is required to run the alternate 
> > install CD (384MB of RAM is required to use the live CD based 
> > installer). Install requires at least 4 GB of disk space.
> >
> Does - in spite of this- any one have experience with Ubuntu on an old 
> computer with specifications similar to those above?
> 'Xubuntu' has the image to be able to run on old computers with a 
> limited capacity. However, at Xubuntu.org, the following has been written:
> > To run the Desktop CD (LiveCD + Install CD), you need 128 MB RAM to 
> > run or 192 MB RAM to install. The Alternate Install CD only requires 
> > you to have 64 MB RAM. (...) Once installed, Xubuntu can run with 192 
> > MB RAM, but it is strongly recommended to have at least 256 MB RAM.
> Does any one have experience with Xubuntu on an old computer with 
> similar specifications?
> Is there any other Linux distro that could work on that old Compaq, at 
> least in combination with OpenOffice, Firefox and Thunderbird?
> Thanks for your reply,
> Respectfully Yours,
> Bas.

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