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    Question [ubuntu] How much RAM is ideal for Ubuntu?

    Hi guys

    I was just wondering how much RAM is ideal for Ubuntu to run smoothly.
    I'm wondering because I installed it on an old Windows XP which has exactly a grand total of 1001 MB of RAM! (it's 6 years old)

    tech189

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    Re: [ubuntu] How much RAM is ideal for Ubuntu?

    I wouldn't run Ubuntu with that hardware (this must have been a pretty cheap PC for the time), I would run either Xubuntu or Lubuntu if you don't want to add more RAM. If you do add more RAM I would say at least 3GB.
    Last edited by 3mutts; June 1st, 2013 at 08:46 PM.

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    Re: [ubuntu] How much RAM is ideal for Ubuntu?

    3 G is plenty, I would say 2 G is fine. I think all the talks about how Unity is resource hungry is just overblown but in your case it is probably too little.

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    Re: [ubuntu] How much RAM is ideal for Ubuntu?

    A gig of ram is sufficient depending on how many programs you plan on running at one time.
    Two gigs or more would provide a larger leeway, but one is most likely enough.
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    Re: [ubuntu] How much RAM is ideal for Ubuntu?

    Quote Originally Posted by deadflowr View Post
    A gig of ram is sufficient depending on how many programs you plan on running at one time.
    Two gigs or more would provide a larger leeway, but one is most likely enough.
    It is true that one G will run Unity (provided the graphic card is right), but I suspect it is going to be slow. If I have only 1 G I will definitely use Lubuntu instead.

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    Re: [ubuntu] How much RAM is ideal for Ubuntu?

    One gigabyte is perfectly okay.

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    Re: [ubuntu] How much RAM is ideal for Ubuntu?

    Quote Originally Posted by 3rdalbum View Post
    One gigabyte is perfectly okay.
    But we don't know what the OP does on his computer. Does he have 30 tabs open on firefox? While having 4 other apps going? IMHO, 2gb is a reasonable safe amount you should have. RAM is very cheap now, and unless you are very strapped for cash, it something that's attainable. 2gb gives you a comfortable cushion.

    If adding ram is not an option, I agree with others that you should consider Lubuntu. Very light on resources, and obviously fast. I guess it depends on how much you do at any given moment.

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    Re: [ubuntu] How much RAM is ideal for Ubuntu?

    Thanks for all your answers! I've only put Ubuntu on it for fun so my budget is basically £0. Anyway it does run quite slow after opening more than one program. So I'll have a go at putting Lubuntu on it.

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    Re: [ubuntu] How much RAM is ideal for Ubuntu?

    Quote Originally Posted by tech189 View Post
    Thanks for all your answers! I've only put Ubuntu on it for fun so my budget is basically £0. Anyway it does run quite slow after opening more than one program. So I'll have a go at putting Lubuntu on it.

    tech189
    You don't have to reinstall lubuntu.
    You can install it on your existing system
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    sudo apt-get install lubuntu-desktop
    or if feeling that the extra stuff isn't necessary
    Code:
    sudo apt-get --no-install-recommends lubuntu-desktop
    Not sure which buntu version you have, but here's the list of lubuntu-desktop packages for precise.

    when it's installed, to enter it, at login, in the login screen where you put your name, in the box is a small ubuntu icon, click on it and a dropdown will list the desktops on your system, choose lubuntu click and login.
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    Re: [ubuntu] How much RAM is ideal for Ubuntu?

    Quote Originally Posted by Sam Mills View Post
    RAM is very cheap now, and unless you are very strapped for cash, it something that's attainable.
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