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Ubuntu good for a Old Dell?

post #1 of 17
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Hey guys, so I was going to make a Server and want to use Ubuntu with a Old Dell I had laying around.
Specs: AMD Athlon 64
- 80GB Mac Hard Drive
- and 512MB of ram.

I will upgrade ram to 2GB when I get the spending money.

How will Ubuntu Run anyone have any idea? I'm mostly looking to run a MC server, and if so keep some files on there if I ever need to access them.
post #2 of 17
A bit sluggish if you use more than one app if you go with the latest Ubuntu build and that is with the 2gb ram. You might want to look up some of the lighter weight ones. The 512mb ram is a problem. Look into linux mint or linux mint debian edition. It has a couple of light weight options.

Just noticed you wanted an MC server. You need RAM for that. Decent amount of it. I would try to find as light a distro as you can get, build your MC dependencies(ie java) and run it as a dedicated system. Debian, imo, would be a good start for this. Console style! I suggest this because with that little of ram your going to have lag issues. Limiting the system to just a dedicated environment will help, especially when you get 2gb.
Edited by Sarec - 12/14/12 at 2:23pm
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post #3 of 17
The biggest problem for you is going to be your RAM. If you bump it up to 2GB it should run okay, but it won't be great.
post #4 of 17
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Well looks like I will have to buy some cheap ram. It had 1.5GB but 2 sticks died, such a loss. Looks like Ebay will fix this! Thanks for your help guys!
post #5 of 17
Ubuntu will run with those specs considering it can run on a Raspberry Pi but it will be sluggish with such a low amount of RAM.
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If you do either the server or mini iso image then you won't need too much RAM (especially with the CLI mini iso) as you won't need to run a GUI/DE. But, this is assuming you know your way around a terminal/CLI
     
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Just FYI, If you do decide to run Ubuntu I recommend you switch from Unity to Gnome or XFCE. Unity tends to be laggy and obtrusive with slow computers but a lightweight GUI and will boost your computer's speed greatly. smile.gif
post #8 of 17
RAM isn't a problem at 512MB.
post #9 of 17
Your hardware brings back a few fun memories of compiling my first Linux kernel with Gentoo.

In short, yes it will run. Linux will run on nearly any PC almost regardless of its age.

If you MUST use an Ubuntu based distro, I'd suggest Lubuntu (based on LXDE), or Xubuntu (based on XFCE). Both contain the base Ubuntu system with much lighter user interfaces. In short, they'll run faster on your once beastly machine tongue.gif.

Back in the day I ran Gentoo with Fluxbox. Is Fluxbox even still around, lol tongue.gif.
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Originally Posted by Zombiechow View Post

Yhardware brings back a few fun memories of compiling my first Linux kernel with Gentoo.
In short, yes it will run. Linux will run on nearly any PC almost regardless of its age.
If you MUST use an Ubuntu based distro, I'd suggest Lubuntu (based on LXDE), or Xubuntu (based on XFCE). Both contain the base Ubuntu system with much lighter user interfaces. In short, they'll run faster on your once beastly machine tongue.gif.
Back in the day I ran Gentoo with Fluxbox. Is Fluxbox even still around, lol tongue.gif.

Fluxbox is available in the Arch and LMDE Repos when I installed it.
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