I'm currently using an old desktop PC, with only 495mb RAM.
I've tried Bodhi and Peppermint on it but, whatever the distro, it's fine till I start adding programs.
The thing is slow and rather noisy, so it really is time to think about upgrading.
Rather than considering minimum specs, how much RAM is really recommended for general use?
Would you actually notice any difference using Crunchbang on a 3Gb or 4Gb system that a 2Gb one, for instance?
It really depends on what you're doing with it. I have a t43 with 1GB of RAM in it that performs very well for many tasks, but I wouldn't dream of running multiple VMs in it at once. The needs of the user defines what they need in a toolset.
Normal Web or Office perhaps 512 GB. Low CPU and HDD slows, too.
For general usage, i.e. internet, listening to music, watching movies, looking at photos, 'office' apps; 1gb ram / 1GHz processor is sufficient, I find.
If you want many tabs open in a web browser, increase the ram a bit, & if you want to process video, etc, get a faster processor.
(I have used an 800MHz processor with 384mb ram to do most things on 'my' list.)
I only have 256MB and I'm fine fine. I do have to be careful not to open too many things at once, i.e., open FF and Bluefish,
but not LO if I am doing web development - close bluefish and open LO when doing office stuffs. With 495 MB, you
probably can do 3-4 "intensive" things at once. Like others said, it depends on what you plan to to.
Although I have 4gb RAM on one laptop and 8gb RAM on my other laptop, I don't think I've ever even came close to utilizing 1gb RAM when using CrunchBang. However, I don't do anything (in Linux) that would need a lot of RAM.
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I run a desktop with 1GB and I have to deliberately do crazy stuff to make it even start to swap. I do have a number of features enabled to reduce memory usage, but even so this would be adequate for most people. I've previously used #! with 384MB which was definitely less than ideal, and 512MB which was just fone for general web browsing, photos, etc.
If you have plans for things which use a lot of memory, high end graphics work, certain games (?), or just like to run Firefox with 1,000 tabs open, then you might need 2GB
For example converting HD video to SD proxies took all the Ram and most of the swap on 1gigs machine, probably 2 gigs should get you covered for a lot of stuff.
Depends on how you want to use it imo, shrugs.
Kinda seems it's suggesting that RAM is the only consideration too. There are many other hardware bottlenecks, the cpu ... the FSB ( front side bus) mobo + Vid card or no ... type of hard drive/etc. Personally atm only played with a 32bit Waldorf install in a vm and it appears from that brief experience to be the same good nixy kickbuttness Corenominal has been keeping up for years. Jmo ... this instance of Waldorf would do just fine on a 1g/ram pc ... Even untweaked OOTB. In fact imo ... someone who knows their tweakage could get it to run just fine on 512mbs.
For general use ? Guess that hinges on your definition of general use ...
Dammit ! One more edit ... for general use ... Think #! can be made to blaze along quite nicely. Most modern spec lappies/pc's ... Sheesh even many older ones are up to the task ... just 2 cents of babble.
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Last edited by RandomDeist (2013-07-08 14:56:08)
If you get the chance to run a 'live' session on a machine, you will be able to see any negatives, that's not to say they won't be solvable, just a little bit more work.
I've used Novatech, Asus, Acer, Advent, Toshiba, Fujitsu, & HP.
i used #! on a laptop with 256mb for a while, it was fine with one app at a time open. i'd say 1gb for a practical minimum, though upgrading ram on a tower (most laptops even) is cheap and easy to do.