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

    I've got 1.8 gig on a machine of similar age. Whilst KDE and Unity do run there isn't much room on top for more so it chugged a bit. The mepis distro has an older version of KDE and that runs very well on this machine.
    The next step down is Xfce which is quite a nice enviroment and fairly light, on top of Debian it is faster and needs less RAM than on Ubuntu ( the Xubuntu distro is Xfce on top of Ubuntu ), on top of Mint it seems about the same, if one removes the Mint news feeds, despite the other extras which have been included in Mints' distro.
    Next down would be lxde ( the Lubuntu distro is lxde on top of Ubuntu ) as mentioned above, which is a bit win95 looking and involves typing if you want to to configure it.
    After that there are a lot of very light GUI's such as razor-qt, enlightenment, etc. You can also choose to put in a file manager and windows manager seperately. Open box, fluxbox, thunar, midnight commander etc all do a good jobs. All the above, and many other, GUI's, windows managers and file managers work on Ubuntu, and even some which don't come done already on a 'buntu distro can be installed from the repositories and, if you trust them, other repositories can be added anyway.

    Some distros are specifically aimed at low specs, noteabley slitaz, antiX, crunchbang, and bodhi ( an ubuntu underneath enlightenment on top distro ). These often expect a higher level of technical knowlage than heavy distro's.

    If you are used to Ubuntu then going for another Debian based disto, will take you into more familiar territory. http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedi...lyTree1210.svg

    than something based on a differant branch of linux
    http://www.linuxlinks.com/portal/new...70528113740321.

    After distro hopping around testing things for weeks due to the impending end of Lucid support I chose Debian with Xfce sitting on it, which ( so far ) is gorgeous, for the workhorse drive and Mint for the playdrive. The decision was slighly forced as my Mum, who'd been happy with Ubuntu since 8.04, wasn't anymore and after a lot of live sessions testing wanted Mint and I have to answer questions when she rings up about things, and my sister, who's used Ubuntu since 7.10 has an old machine (only 512 ram ) which couldn't quite handle Xubuntu with programs running on top but is swift with Xfce on Debian plus the same programs. There's a reason for that of course, the programs are all older versions as Debian are hyper strict about what can go into the stable repositories. I rather like that as 'newist' is less to me than 'working'; it feels a little like running Ubuntu 8.04.1 ish. The testing repositories, which is what Ubuntu is based on, can of course be added ; more up to date but slightly less stable and often ask more of a system.

    Oddly it's the Mint I've had to fiddle around with in the post install setup. Debian, which is supposed to require more knowlage, just works. Partly because using Ubuntu for so many years has got me used to the command line which is the same. During the install I chose to have a root account rather than use sudo just to see what it's like; fill in root password for root account method, leave it blank to disable root account and install sudo. I've hardly needed the command line actually but it's there. Far more 'out of the box' than I'd expected.

    So whilst I no longer have pure Ubuntu on the system, though may again when hardware, allows as it's been a favorite for years, ( huge thanks to all developers and maintainers btw ), I've got it in developmental brackets.

    In short as this is linux you have a lot of choice. You are not compelled to splash out on new hardware yet, as you would be if dependant on a comercial OS. Try some live distros and see what fits you and runs best on your machine.
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    Re: [ubuntu] How much RAM is ideal for Ubuntu?

    Quote Originally Posted by houseworkshy View Post
    I've got 1.8 gig on a machine of similar age. Whilst KDE and Unity do run there isn't much room on top for more so it chugged a bit. The mepis distro has an older version of KDE and that runs very well on this machine.
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    latest KDE are faster than older ones.

    the reason it chugged is akonadi and nepomuk which can bring down even a modern mashcine.

    however after disabling these two services - about 290 MB ram on idle i believe and runs very fast on Dual core celeron with 1.3 GB old DDR ram. plenty of desktop effects enabled.
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    Re: [ubuntu] How much RAM is ideal for Ubuntu?

    i have a hp mini and an asus eee ran zorin on the asus and am running 12.04 on the hp. both have 1 gb ram and work well. had UE on the asus . it was a mite slow.

    fwiw i ues the mate desktop.
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    Re: [ubuntu] How much RAM is ideal for Ubuntu?

    Way too many choices here. Yes, Unity is slow, as you quickly discover on an older computer. Lubuntu is great, and the lightest of the common Ubuntu derivatives. Otherwise, you can try gnome-fallback (aka Gnome Classic with no effects) if your version will allow it. This is close to Gnome 2 and works well, but it is a stopgap and won't be around forever. Expect to spend a few hours configuring Lubuntu like you want it and getting used to it. You can still run any and all Gnome programs on it (even file managers and that sort of thing. No problem.

    1 GB is as much as I have on ANY of my machines, and it's perfectly fine. I even use it for video editing and DVD authoring.

    Avoid bells and whistles such as Compiz, Mutter, etc. Small and simple gets you a great system.

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

    ok im installing lubuntu

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

    Lubuntu (and LXDE) have some great tricks of their own, but it's a little do-it-yourself when you first install it. Spend a few hours with it, and I believe it can be great. Here are some great links someone gave me. By the way, you should have no trouble running Gnome programs, or even KDE programs with it

    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Lu...Documentation/
    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Lu...ion/FAQ/Guides
    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Lu...AQ/Workarounds
    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Lu...gradeToLubuntu
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1905408
    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/LubuntuLinks
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1844755
    http://lxlinux.com/

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

    Quote Originally Posted by mastablasta View Post
    odl maschine - and DDR, DDR2 are not really that cheap. in fact here they costs twice as much as DDR3
    Where are you from? In Australia DDR and DDR2 is cheap depending on brand, Mhz and where you buy it. You can get cheaper on ebay if you look hard enough.

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

    middle of Europe. 1GB DDR2 is about 25 EUR which is about 35 AUD. which might still sound cheap to you but our monthly salaries don't come close to Austrialian ones
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    Re: [ubuntu] How much RAM is ideal for Ubuntu?

    Yeah that sucks when the economy is crap.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by mastablasta View Post
    odl maschine - and DDR, DDR2 are not really that cheap. in fact here they costs twice as much as DDR3
    Just bought 4gig of DDR2 for $100 Australian, 4gig DDR3 is about $80 from the same source.
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