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For GNOME, the minimum hardware specs. I would consider acceptable for a comfortable experience are a 800MHz PIII and 256-512MB of RAM; for KDE 1GHz PIII and 512-768MB of RAM; and for XFCE a 300MHz PII with 128-256MB of RAM. Any lower than that I would consider alternate desktops like Puppy Linux or DSL (or maybe even something like Fluxbuntu).
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In my experience, Ubuntu is faster as long as you have the RAM for it. If you only have 256MB of RAM, it's kinda slow compared to XP. If you have more, it's faster.
post #13 of 19
mmmm i installed it
its good
but having problems with my GFX on it
and sometimes when i start it i just get a dos screen asking me something i dont understand
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what graphics chip is it?
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post #15 of 19
What are the specs on this P2? I'm going to guess that it wont have the power to run ubuntu. Xubuntu would probably be your best bet without moving to a harder distro or away from a desktop environment and using a window manager only (like openbox or FVWM).

Slackware would work, but probably a little too intimidating for his first linux experiance.
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post #16 of 19
Another vote for Xubuntu here. it will be much more lightweight, but still be as user friendly as ubuntu.
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Xubuntu.
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I have Ubuntu burned to a cd and ready to install. I just have a few quick questions:
1. Does the HDD need to be partioned before installation.
2. How much RAM does it support
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I have Ubuntu burned to a cd and ready to install. I just have a few quick questions:
1. Does the HDD need to be partioned before installation.
2. How much RAM does it support

when you are running the installer from the liveCD it will go the the partitioning process for you, with your choice of letting it do it (your complete HDD) or doing it manually, letting you keep any windows partitions or whatever. dont forget to have a swap partition, 2gb should be good.

it says the minimum RAM requirements for a desktop installation is only 64mb, but i have Ubuntu installed on a system that has a 128 stick paired with a 64 stick and it can be pretty slow. id stick with anything higher or equal to 256.
    
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