Where can I find the hardware requirements for Linux distributions for XP refugees?

April 10, 2014
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Where can I find a list of hardware requirements for some of the Linux distros being circulated for Linux newbies coming from XP systems.

My hardware is a Compaq laptop V2000, 1.6 gig CPU, 1 GB memory and a DVD burner. The computer will be used for browsing, email, light typing and printing.

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  1. dragonmouth
    April 10, 2014 at 11:25 pm

    You can check the hardware requirements for any distro on that distro's site. However, as others have stated, Linux will run comfortably on any hardware suitable for XP. Linux, in general, has easier hardware requirements than Windows.

    I run a full-blown Linux distro on a P3 667mhz, 256RAM laptop.

  2. Michael S
    April 10, 2014 at 10:12 pm

    Thanks, mostly I use this as a b/u for the desktop so I keep it plugged in to the router. I guess the same goes for that connection as you inferred about a wireless. Just another driver, right? and printer also... So that's making me think one aspect of selecting a distro would be hardware compatibility. That type of compatibility check, probably, would have to be done distro by distro?

  3. Oron J
    April 10, 2014 at 8:30 pm

    The general specification of your PC is just fine for Linux. You can run pretty much any distro on that. However, before going the whole hog, check the compatibility list for drivers (wireless drivers can sometimes be a problem. Also, if you intend to run one of the major distros, download and burn a "live CD", boot up from that and check that everything works properly before installing.

  4. Hovsep A
    April 10, 2014 at 7:30 pm

    if your hardware runs windows xp then you can run linux. You can try linux live cd and boot on it to see if it will work for you.

    The Recommended Hardware List
    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/RecommendedHardware

    The minimum memory requirement for Ubuntu 12.04 is 384 MB of memory for Ubuntu Desktop
    https://wiki.ubuntu.com/PrecisePangolin/ReleaseNotes/UbuntuDesktop#System_requirements

    6 Lightweight Linux Distributions To Give Your Old PC A New Lease of Life
    http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/6-lightweight-linux-distributions-give-pc-lease-life/