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Where can I find the system requirements for the XFCE version of fedora?

asked 2011-12-16 07:10:10 +0000

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I've been looking around the Web for the minimum system requirements for the XFCE version of Fedora, but I can't seem to find it. I want to install Fedora onto my old home server, but I don't want to make the switch unless I can be sure that it will run well.

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answered 2011-12-16 13:38:23 +0000

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updated 2011-12-16 13:38:52 +0000

XFCE spin showcases the Xfce desktop, which aims to be fast and lightweight, while still being visually appealing and user friendly. It loads and executes applications fast, while conserving system resources.

CPU: 300Mhz+
RAM: 192mb+

Minimum system requirements

You need 256 MB RAM to run the Live CD or 256 MB RAM to install, you need 4.4 GB of free space on your hard disk.Once installed, can run with starting from 256 (or even just 192) MB RAM, but it is strongly recommended to have at least 512 MB RAM.

LXDE spin, the "Lightweight X11 Desktop Environment", is an extremely fast, performant, and energy-saving desktop environment. It is especially designed for computers with low hardware specifications like netbooks, mobile devices (e.g. MIDs) or older computers.

LXDE has been tested under following hardware configurations, and runs well.

CPU                     RAM        Hard Disk        Speed
Pentium II 266 MHz        192 MB    5400 rpm       moderate - fast
VIA 400 MHz               256 MB     5400 rpm       moderate - fast
Pentium III 600 MHz       512 MB    4500 rpm       fast
AMD Athlon 1.6 (1.4 GHz)  512 MB    7200 rpm       very fast
Intel Atom             512 MB    Flash Disk      very fast

Recommended configuration

The hardware requirements of LXDE are similiar to Windows 98 (Maybe a little bit higher). An old Pentium II CPU is enough.

After X11 and LXDE are started, the total memory usage is about 45 MB on i386 machines. (This value may be higher or lower according to different system configurations.)

Though LXDE itself doesn't require better hardware, other applications under X do need it. For example, Firefox and OpenOffice.org 2 are quite memory-hungry. So it's recommended that you have a RAM of more than 128 MB.

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any references? Your answer is complete but links would help further updates…

shaiton ( 2011-12-16 15:16:56 +0000 )edit

answered 2011-12-16 10:41:45 +0000

For a server, you don't really need the Desktop Environnment. The following is quoted from the Fedora 16 Release Notes:

The minimum processor speed depends on the end use, the method of installation, and the specific hardware. Although some configurations might work on a Pentium 3, most users should consider a Pentium 4 […]

  • Minimum RAM for text-mode: 768MiB
  • Minimum RAM for graphical: 768MiB
  • Recommended RAM for graphical: 1152MiB

Therefore I would say that you need at least 768MiB of RAM and a not too old processor. There could be some stats in smolts.org but I can't find the way to link the OS and the system settings.

Let us know your arch and your system performance :).

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I'll be posting back here to report on how things run. I'm not that great at using the terminal only, so I'm using the desktop and terminal in tandem.

Penultimate ( 2011-12-16 14:40:27 +0000 )edit

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