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Robert.Thompson
August 30th, 2010, 10:36 PM
Hello:

I have an old Dell desttop with 512 MB of ram (996 MHz, an Intel Pentium III processor and a 15GB hard disk.

Which version of ubuntu will work or should I use a different linux distribution altogether?

Thanks,

Rob.

uRock
August 30th, 2010, 10:39 PM
Lubuntu or Peppermint.

Xubuntu claims to work on that low of RAM, but it will probably be slow.

Stan%
August 30th, 2010, 11:31 PM
Hello:

I have an old Dell desttop with 512 MB of ram (996 MHz, an Intel Pentium III processor and a 15GB hard disk.

Which version of ubuntu will work or should I use a different linux distribution altogether?

Thanks,

Rob.

I'm using Karmic (9.10) on a system with 256 RAM, PIII, 500 MHz. I tried 10.04 but had problems.

PPPilot
August 31st, 2010, 12:25 AM
I'm running Lucid (10.04) on a 1200 MHZ Athlon and 512 MB memory. 32 MB of that 512 MB is used by my on-board video. I also have Karmic (9.10) installed in a dual boot setup and both run fine although Lucid is faster to boot and faster running.

HPD2
August 31st, 2010, 12:45 AM
You could likely run the regular, gnome, ubuntu with that. Personally I would run some thing lighter like xubuntu or even Crunch bang linux. Crunch bang is based off ubuntu, 9.04 I think, but is really lite weight.

snowpine
August 31st, 2010, 01:25 AM
Hello:

I have an old Dell desttop with 512 MB of ram (996 MHz, an Intel Pentium III processor and a 15GB hard disk.

Which version of ubuntu will work or should I use a different linux distribution altogether?

Thanks,

Rob.

Hi Rob, start by reading the Ubuntu System Requirements:

https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Installation/SystemRequirements

You will see your hardware meets the requirements for Xubuntu and is borderline for Ubuntu. I also like LXDE (Lubuntu) though I don't have much experience with it (it's the new kid on the block).

I am also a big CrunchBang fan, though it's worth mentioning that project is moving from Ubuntu to Debian for future releases. Puppy and AntiX are also very fast in my experience.

Good luck! :)

Pough913
August 31st, 2010, 01:42 AM
I would say Ubuntu 9.04 LTS but im not an expert.

bkratz
August 31st, 2010, 01:53 AM
I would say Ubuntu 9.04 LTS but im not an expert.

did you mean 8.04? 9.04 wasn't an LTS. I use Lubuntu on my old one.

Robert.Thompson
August 31st, 2010, 12:39 PM
Thank you!

Rob.

satyanash
August 31st, 2010, 02:08 PM
I have a desktop of nearly the same specifications, what i did was install ubuntu server 10.04, and then just on the basic install without any GUI, i did
sudo apt-get install lubuntu-desktop

or if you dont want the extra stuff that comes..just do
sudo apt-get install lxde

After the installation is complete just reboot..

Satyajeet

andrewthomas
August 31st, 2010, 02:41 PM
How to install Ubuntu on low memory systems
https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Installation/LowMemorySystems