View Full Version : [xubuntu] how to install

January 30th, 2010, 07:24 AM
when i try to install a fressh copy of xbuntu on a machine with 256mb of ram it says i dont have enough memory and i need at least 256?

xbuntu is advertised as being able to install on 128, am i wrong?

January 30th, 2010, 07:34 AM
Hi, and welcome.

Can you tell me exactly when the install step fails?

January 30th, 2010, 08:36 AM
it never gets past the first screen that resembles the gui

January 30th, 2010, 08:38 AM
actually i get past the screen that lets me choose wehter to try or install or memry test ect.. but the next sreen past that is the it

January 30th, 2010, 08:39 AM
it never gets past the first screen that resembles the gui
hmm you might want try installing using the alternate disk you can download it from the same area you got downloaded from in the first place

January 30th, 2010, 08:41 AM
The alternate installer would be more appropriate to your hardware, as the above poster says. Do you have any questions about Ubuntu or installing?

January 30th, 2010, 08:44 AM
For leaner systems you might need to go and use the text based installer

January 30th, 2010, 08:56 AM
where do i get the text based installer

January 30th, 2010, 09:01 AM
Chose a location near you, and select the PC Intel x86 Alternate Cd.

Please note, that if you have Windows installed, you will need to shrink the Windows partition to install Ubuntu. If you want to delete Windows, the installer can do so.

January 30th, 2010, 09:03 AM
is xbuntu less hungry for cpu and ram

January 30th, 2010, 09:09 AM
I would say it is about the same. A modern Xubuntu will use more RAM, but manage it better. Perhaps try a Debian live cd. Ubuntu is based on Debian.


January 30th, 2010, 02:52 PM
The installer for the alternate disk dose use less ram, that's why its recommended for lower systems.

If you want something even lighter, use the alternate disk and install only the base system, no gui (you have this option on the alternate disk)

then just update your repo's

sudo aptitude update

install your graphics system plus the lxde desktop

sudo apt-get install xorg lxde

create a folder for backgrounds (this is for the screensaver)

sudo mkdir /usr/share/backgrounds

and that's it, you'll have a super light fast system, even lighter than xfce (about half the resources!), I've done this for my brother in law, who runs an older system and it runs great