Please impress me.

Asked by Marc Garcia

I'm planning on switching to Linux from Windows and Mac. I'm fed up of having to pay for their software which costs me hundreds of dollars and yet are plauged with viruses and other problems. I heard that Ubuntu Linux 10.04 can boot in 10 seconds. Impressive but how well can it perform on a Pentium IV processor and 512MB RAM? If it can boot in 10 seconds under these specifications then I'm definitely getting Linux. Windows and Mac takes much longer to boot. My only concern is, open-source alternative software for my Windows software. I know iTunes works along with other popular Windows-based software, but will the compatibility list keep growing? I don't much on the computer - i don't play games. I only do work for school and so on. So the bottom line is... Is it worth it? Compatilibility is of little concern to me. I just want to know if it's worth it. Thanks.

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Mark Rijckenberg (markrijckenberg) said :

Ubuntu 10.04 can indeed fully boot in 6 seconds OR even less, IF you use a fast SSD drive instead of a "slow" 5400 rpm or 7200 rpm harddisk.

See the following article for details:

It SHOULD run fine on a Pentium IV with 512 MB of RAM.

I suggest reading this:

and this:

For me, Ubuntu is worth it. But the only way for you to decide is to boot the Ubuntu 10.04 LiveCD and test it yourself.

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GREG T. (ubuntuer) said :

my son has a pen. 4 -- 2.2 ghz with 1 gig of ram and he is doing his collage online with it . but his teacher had to help him get the right software to be able to do it .
 512 meg of ram will work but just for the performance you do need to add more ram.
 his boot in around 33 - 45 seconds .
 there is alot of information on the net about ubuntu ,for any kind of question you have . [ my son has never been to launchpad ] . and i don`t help . he is studying computer programming and that is why i don`t help.

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Rajinder Sandhu (sandy744) said :

512 Mb RAM come on sir upgrade it to atleast 2 GB modern days 4GB is normally being used so atleast 2GB can be used.
When you are getting fully working Ubuntu free of cost with lots of guidance and free applications so where is the problem >
then why to impress you once you are already impressed otherwise you would have not asked the question? you should make a wise many people are switching over to linux from windows you know well....
the thing boot up time depends upon RAM and speed of hdd rpm but ubuntu 10.04 surely is faster comparing to other platforms...why to talk more just install it in dual boot mode let windows and linux work together and then judge the performance

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