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Ubuntu netbook

Mon Mar 21, 2011 5:52 pm

Ok guys, im kind of new to ubuntu netbook, and i wanted to ask u, how much GB does it need for a decent install? i was thinking in using something like 14GB for the OS and 1Gb for the swap drive, would that be enough?, it will be used for the basics, openoffice, web, maybe watch videos, and music
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Re: Ubuntu netbook

Mon Mar 21, 2011 6:02 pm

A clean install of Ubuntu takes 2-3GB. Xubuntu is a little lighter and a little easier on the hardware.You just have to give up Gnome.
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Re: Ubuntu netbook

Mon Mar 21, 2011 6:50 pm

14 gb should be plenty. with Ubuntu, installations default to the system drive. so if you're planning on getting any games, or other programs, it's EASIEST to have a larger partition, just like in windows. 14GB should be plenty, and the 1gb swap should be sufficient. You could likely get away with smaller, but that's at your discretion. remember, Ubuntu can read NTFS, but not the other way around (without some extra work, with poor support)
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Re: Ubuntu netbook

Wed Mar 23, 2011 12:49 pm

I use a 16 GB root and the system (U10.10) is now using 8.5 G which includes a 4 GB swapfile.

The setup is simply 2 partitions, / at 12-16 GB and everything else available for /home. I prefer a swapfile as modern kernels have no penalty with it and it leaves me a bit of room in the master boot record for primary partition definition (the newer boot record standards aren't quite common enough for my stuff, yet, and I don't run Mac stuff).

swap file size is memory size. that usually works well on modern systems. I rarely use the full memory on this system even for photo and video editing.
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Re: Ubuntu netbook

Wed Mar 23, 2011 1:23 pm

From Ubuntu's wiki:

If you have a netbook and a supported graphics card, using Ubuntu Netbook Edition (formerly "Ubuntu Netbook Remix") is an interesting option. It has a nice interface adapted for smaller screens, and a selection of applications aimed at netbook users.

Ubuntu Netbook Remix is designed to run well on netbooks with typically minimal specs, i.e.:

Intel Atom processor @ 1.6 GHz
512MB of system memory (RAM)
4GB of disk space
Screen of 1024x600 resolution
Graphics chipset with support for visual effects
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