XUBUNTU minimum system requirements

Asked by Mike Pan on 2007-09-06

I got a IBM Thinkpad 760XL it has a P133MMX and 80MB of RAM, has a 4GB HD, can I install XUBUNU on this or can it just keep collecting dust?

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Jim Hutchinson (jphutch) said : #1

I kind of doubt you will get "acceptable" performance out of it, but if it's just collecting dust give it a try. I don't recall the min requirements for xubuntu (you can check the web site) but I installed it on some circa 1998 laptops. It ran okay but ultimately no one wanted to settle for an old computer and an unfamiliar OS so we gave up.

Bhavani Shankar (bhavi) said : #2

yes....... Since your system is old,try out xubuntu and then after installing xubuntu you can install ubuntu updates perfect for low end systems... xubuntu system requirements are:
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 required you to have 64 MB RAM.

To install Xubuntu, you need 1.5 GB of free space on your hard disk.

Once installed, Xubuntu can run with 64 MB RAM, but it is strongly recommended to use at least 128 MB RAM

Xubuntu can be downloaded from:
http://www.xubuntu.org/get
Have fun and relax,
Bhavani Shankar.

gnuskool (gnuskool) said : #3

My system is AMD 3DNow! 233Mhz, initially had 64MB ram at install ,but taxed another 64MB from another old box, so now have grand total of 128MB. Install it! Waste not...the way I got it on there was to use the alternate cd install, but I found that XFCE was sluggish on such a lean system. I have 4MB shared video ram, so instead I installed fluxbox, which is elegant and fast, the response is really surprising for such an old pc, heck I got sis 5596 integrated graphics, lol. Even better performance gains using IceWM. There are heaps of themes to choose from with these alternatives too, so you wont end up with an ugly duckling, on the contrary, I have transparent terminal, hardware monitors on the dektop and all the others goodies you'd expect n a newer box. The possibilities boggle as to why people throw out 4 year old pcs :p

Mike Pan (mikey101) said : #4

Thanks guys, but especially to gnuskool. But I guess will still need to check it out for myself and see how the install goes. Thanks.

You can consider zenwalk if Xubuntu is too heavy. It's much faster than xubuntu on old systems.

MozamPete (tsp2001nz) said : #6

According to the Ubuntu site (https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Installation/SystemRequirements) a low spec machine running xubuntu has the following requirement:

Minimum requirements
    * 166 MHz processor
    * 48 MB of system memory (RAM)
    * At least 1.4 GB of disk space
    * VGA graphics card

Recommended minimum requirements
    * 300 MHz processor
    * 192 MB of system memory (RAM)
    * 8 GB of disk space
    * Graphics card capable of 800x600 resolution

So a 133MHz processor may be a too 'low spec'.

AlonePhobos (fobos-root) said : #7

Sorry, but I don`t understand, can I start use Xubuntu on my Old Laptop:
TOSHIBA PORTEGE 620 CT:
Pentium 90MHz
I don`t now how many Kb or Mb video, only know 800x600 16M colors
16Mb RAM
6.5 Gb HDD
my "pcmci" LAN is 3Com 574XT 10\100Mbits

To start Xubuntu on this hardware , Can It possible?

landwhite (landwhite) said : #8

AlonePhobos,

Xubuntu will be too slow or may not even install with 90Mhz and16M of RAM.

Try Damn Small Linux. http://damnsmalllinux.org/ It has firefox and other apps built in and it is expandable. On the site it claims, "Runs light enough to power a 486DX with 16MB of Ram."

oneeuro (radovn) said : #9

Hallo, I have just tried out, to install Xubuntu on this machine:
533mhz Celeron II
64 mb SDRam (133mhz)
8Mb Ati...

the result is: Failure!

The problem is LACK OF RAM...

I'll try to find out some ram from my friends' old PCs. And I hope it will work.
I'm considering the idea of put my old PC in the kithen. Just for Internet for my folks. :-)

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