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djdarrin91
December 16th, 2008, 01:09 AM
Would Xubuntu 8.04 be as fast as xp on 128mb of ram? 600mhz P3.

evilkastel
December 16th, 2008, 01:15 AM
absolutely. Or even faster. I used to run xp on 128 ram with celeron 1GHz and it was pretty slow. yet xubuntu ran smoothly. tough you might try to seek lighter distros, for example puppy linux is said to be great.

logos34
December 16th, 2008, 01:17 AM
yes, but the ram requirements for xubuntu have crept up--recommended amount is now 192-256mb. So puppy or dsl or any of the lighter distros would be a better bet

djdarrin91
December 16th, 2008, 01:27 AM
Thanks for the quick reply.I think im gonna go with xubuntu although i haven't really used it,I have used Ubuntu for quite awhile on my desktops and i really like it alot so i really wanted to stay in the ubuntu family.but i have tried puppy on an old 300mhz machine with 128mb ram and it was actually pretty snappy.i guess i'm just an ubuntu fan.lol.

binbash
December 16th, 2008, 01:30 AM
It depends on the setup, but default xubuntu runs faster than default xp install

logos34
December 16th, 2008, 01:36 AM
Thanks for the quick reply.I think im gonna go with xubuntu although i haven't really used it,I have used Ubuntu for quite awhile on my desktops and i really like it alot so i really wanted to stay in the ubuntu family.but i have tried puppy on an old 300mhz machine with 128mb ram and it was actually pretty snappy.i guess i'm just an ubuntu fan.lol.

ok, suit yourself, I understand your enthusiasm about ubuntu. But you're technically way below the minimum:


"Once installed, Xubuntu can run with 192 MB RAM, but it is strongly recommended to have at least 256 MB RAM."

good luck and let us know how it runs

Locke_99GS
December 16th, 2008, 02:33 AM
I have Xubuntu running an old 500Mhz K6-2 with 384M of RAM - after login, it only consumes 80meg of ram. It isn't snappy, but it runs as quick as XP on a modern dual core system.

I have, of course, prevented unneeded software/services from starting, on the Xubuntu machine.

cardinals_fan
December 16th, 2008, 02:35 AM
Xubuntu is pretty heavy for an Xfce distro. If it isn't as fast as you want, install a *box or try SliTaz.

starcannon
December 16th, 2008, 02:38 AM
I have run xubuntu 8.04.1 on a similarly spec'd machine as the OP with no trouble, granted its not a speed demon, but it runs much smoother than xp did on the same machine (mine was 128mb w/700mhz cpu).

http://xubuntu.com/get



Minimum system requirements

To run the Desktop CD (LiveCD + Install CD), you need 128 MB (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Megabyte) RAM (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RAM) to run or 192 MB (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Megabyte) RAM (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RAM) to install. The Alternate Install CD only requires you to have 64 MB (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Megabyte) RAM (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RAM). To install Xubuntu, you need 1.5 GB (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gigabyte) of free space on your hard disk. Once installed, Xubuntu can run with 192 MB RAM, but it is strongly recommended to have at least 256 MB RAM.

logos34
December 16th, 2008, 03:25 AM
maybe if you run fluxbox/openbox/iceWM you can get by ok on 128mb.

xfce will consume more

EXCiD3
December 16th, 2008, 03:27 AM
I would recommend Openbox, its clean and super fast.

JoshuaRL
December 16th, 2008, 03:37 AM
Well, I like Enlightenment (e17). There's a thread on this forum (http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=546746) that tells you how to install e17. I usually have that on my computers and log into it whenever I want a fast snappy system. A little lightweight, but works fast and looks pretty too.

snowpine
December 16th, 2008, 05:13 AM
What nobody has mentioned yet is that you should use the "alternate CD" rather than the "live CD" to install. You end up with the same Xubuntu install, but the alternate CD has a text-based installer that is low-ram friendly.

As far as speed, only you can decide what is fast enough for your computer. You are somewhere between the bare minimum and recommended amount of ram for Xubuntu. Give it a try, though--the worst that can happen is you give it a try, then decide to experiment with something else instead. :)

mikjp
December 16th, 2008, 06:48 AM
Would Xubuntu 8.04 be as fast as xp on 128mb of ram? 600mhz P3.

Some mysterious hard drive access that lasts for half an hour make the desktop unusable with Xubuntu 8.04 and P1000/256 Mb. Vector Linux is a much better choice for low specs computer. Boots fast, runs nicely, has all the bells and whistles out of the box.

djdarrin91
December 16th, 2008, 06:32 PM
Well folks i went ahead and installed Xubuntu along side xp(dualboot) just to make sure things went ok,and so far so good:) It runs just as well as xp and i even got my wireless going!only problem so far is sound which didn't work in xp either.I have a samsung sens 680 and the only drivers i can find are for win98 and they didn't work either:( but anyway i think im gonna up the ram to 512mb and i should be ok;) Thanks Everyone!:mrgreen: