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Minimum hardware specs for Linux to run well?

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25 thoughts on “Minimum hardware specs for Linux to run well?

  1. You can do it on a C2D with no problem, but you do have to have the RAM. It's OK on a 2.1 GHz mobile Core 2 with 4 GB, and runs very well on my T9900 with 6 GB. I'm trying to get an old Pentium M to run antiX x32 right now, but I'm not expecting great performance on a 2 GHz Dothan.

  2. Dell Latitude D630 with 2GB RAM and a Intel Core 2 DUO + Nvidia Quadro Graphics. Running Fedora 29 LXDE.

    It has a serial port and a dialup modem built right in. I mainly use it for accessing networking equipment or servers that has a serial console.

    The battery is completely shot but this lap-warmer is still kicking. And it works well.

  3. Meh.. links2 -g in the framebuffer terminal works just fine for most web use outside of video. No need for a desktop even when you have dvtm, vlc-nox, mplayer2, twin, mc, greenpdf, and feh all available in the terminal. I DO have a desktop installed but i rarely ever start Xorg unless i REALLY need to do something specific.

  4. Thanks to web browsers and web developers we can no longer offer Linux (nor any OS) as "A great option for old computers". The minute they navigate to youtube it all goes to $hit.

  5. Linux stopped working on my 2C/2GB Dell Latitude D620 this year 🙁 took 15 minutes to boot Fedora XFCE, failed to boot Xubuntu 18.04. Also had apt in Ubuntu server lock up some 1C/4GB RAM VMs running in VMWare. I think Linux is starting to lose its lightweight edge. Still better than windows though

  6. I used to run a debian machine w/2gb's of ram mostly for web browsing, it was definitely a rancid experience at times, but after a few months you get used to it.

  7. You are nailing it. I have Debian with Openbox on my 16 year old Thinkpad, 1GB RAM works great until a web browser starts…. then it goes downhill to hell.

  8. I have an old computer with a pentium 4 and 1 GB of RAM, runs debian 10 without problems, except when having more than 5 tabs open in firefox; (it also runs a nextcloud server / apt packages mirror for debian 10)

  9. Using the web doesn't have to be terrible on a single core processor. Using Umatrix to block a lot of the garbage, and a dedicated GPU to carry some of the rendering load can go a long way.

  10. That "4GB of RAM on just about any CPU and GPU" looks about right.

    This is the laptop my dad uses for all internet browsing, including youtube (doesn't handle anything above 480p any good but works, can play 720p if you really have to but drops a lot of frames, I haven't actually tried 1080p and up)
    * Intel Core 2 Solo 1.4GHz
    * Whatever old integrated GPU it had
    * 3GB RAM
    * A cheap SSD (not that it changes much, just that the HDD it came with died recently)

    Linux definitely runs better on it than windows vista that it came with. Installed elementary OS on it, it's easy to use and quite reliable (both xubuntu and debian gave up during installation on it, kubuntu installed but started throwing errors all over the place). It's not super fast, but on day to day use, it's enough. Even if annoying for someone used to modern systems.

  11. I can verify your claim
    my primary machine is currently a replacement running with a P4 +HT with limited 3506MiB of RAM (8GB installed)
    I'll tell you right now, it's a bit of a headache due to poorly optimized software, I can barely run IDEA and Blender at the same time.

    but to add, I have a few x86 machines running just fine on 2GB with XFCE 🙂

  12. 4gb ram, i3 or équivalent from amd , and 120 Gb ssd for base system and extra programs (120 gb ssd not expensive at all you can find one around 25$ on amazon and it will speed up your computer drastically compared to traditional hard drive , there’s no need for a hard drive unless you want to store a lot of data ) , a machine around 200-300 $ to run Linux in good conditions is sufficient for browsing watching videos few games , video editing and small server small nas etc you can do a lot of different things. You don’t have to purchase a brand new machine , for 200-300 dollars you can find a very nice machine with good specs second hand

  13. I completely agree. You can run Linux very well with very little hardware resources. for web browsing… 2 gigs are enough but I would recommend at least 3 if you plan on having more than a few heavy tabs open.

  14. As Lunduke has ranted about in previous videos of old, browsers and websites suck. I have an old Asus EEE netbook PC. 64 bitt Intel dual core Atom CPU at 1.66 GHz, 2 GB of RAM, and an old Intel SSD. This machine isnt fast. Its actually somewhat slow. However, for basic tasks it works great. Except for browsing. Opening up any browser is sloooooow. Then if you go to any heavy website with lots of processing, it brings the machine to its knees. It will render, but it takes a long time.

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