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How do I find out which version and derivate of Ubuntu is right for my hardware in terms of minmal system requirements?

Will - and when how much – will the system requirements approximately increase for 11.04.

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Also related (covers later versions that are now current): What are the system requirements for each flavor of Ubuntu Desktop? –  Eliah Kagan Mar 23 at 20:45
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Any computer that currently runs 10.10 will be able to run 11.04 in some form. The system requirements will not increase.

Most machines will be able to run the new Unity interface (more than are able to run the 10.10 version of Unity). There are some graphics card requirements - put very simply you need a graphics card (or integrated graphics) released in the last five years.

A small minority of older machines will be reverted back to the old "gnome-panel" Ubuntu interface. If these users wish they can install "Unity 2D". From 11.10 then Unity 2D will be the default fallback.

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The list of system requirements for an Ubuntu install can be found here.

https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Installation/SystemRequirements

But below is a typical set of requirements

Ubuntu Desktop Edition

  • 1 GHz x86 processor
  • 1GB of system memory (RAM)

  • 15GB of hard-drive space (although
    this can be split onto 2 drives, a
    5Gb / and a 10Gb /home fairly easily)

  • Graphics card and monitor capable of 1024 by 768

  • Either a CD/DVD Drive or a USB port (or both)

  • Internet access is helpful

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You can find the recommended requirements here: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Installation/SystemRequirements

Which mention the following:

  Ubuntu Desktop Edition
     1 GHz x86 processor
     1GB of system memory (RAM)
     15GB of hard-drive space (although this can be split onto 2 drives, a 5Gb / and a 10Gb /home fairly easily)
     Graphics card and monitor capable of 1024 by 768
     Either a CD/DVD Drive or a USB port (or both)
     Internet access is helpful

But to use Natty 11.04 you actually do not need an OpenGL card since it will fall back to Gnome Classic (Unity2D in 11.10). If you DO happen to have an OpenGL card it will work with Unity3D. Basically Unity will handle the Desktop and change depending on what video card you have and how good it is with OpenGL.

Another point i wish to mention is that even though the requirements mostly point to 1GHz CPUs, 1GB RAM, etc... I have been able to install 10.04, 10.10 and even 11.04 on a 256MB Ram, 700Mhz CPU PC. So the recommended is for it to run smooth but the minimum might be even smaller than you think.

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Unity 2D is not installed by default on 11.04 but it will be for 11.10. If you have not installed Unity 2D specifically, the fallback in 11.04 is Ubuntu Classic. –  Jeremy Bicha Apr 16 '11 at 16:32
    
Thanks for the info. Updated –  Luis Alvarado Apr 16 '11 at 16:33
    
My hardware meets minimums. I'll try doing a "clean" install because the upgrade install I did was completely unusable! I wouldn't even have any idea of what kind of "bug report" to file. –  Rob Apr 16 '11 at 18:48
    
@Rob If you have the same problem just open a question and make sure you put your hardware information in it. Good luck! –  Jorge Castro Apr 16 '11 at 20:45
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The system requirements to install and run Natty is the same as for the Ubuntu 10.04 LTS - see this link for further details.

To be able to use the Unity interface, you must have a fairly modern graphics card that is capable of running OpenGl v1.4 or better

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At this monent, they are the same as for the past versions.

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