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

I'm looking to migrate from Windows XP to Ubuntu and I would appreciate help in choosing the appropriate distribution. Could someone outline the system requirements for the various flavours of Ubuntu and perhaps other distributions of Linux?

My personal computer specifications are:

Graphics: Intel integrated graphics card
Processor: Intel Pentium 4 - 2 GHz

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marked as duplicate by Rinzwind, Ringtail, Jorge Castro, Flimm, fossfreedom Jan 19 '13 at 23:09

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First my answer would be to try the standard Ubuntu. Your system meets the requirements. But keep in mind that Ubuntu will probably work but quite slowly in your system. Here is the link: Ubuntu download

If you feel that is too slow for you my next stop would be Lubuntu. Keep in mind that this distribution is not as well polished as the standard Ubuntu.

But this consideration should be a general statement. First, if you meet minimum requirements you should try standard Ubuntu with the Live CD. If it does boot and you find it fast enought (it always takes extra time to load but after that it just works marginally slower than regular instalation without considering the time to start new apps) just keep it. If it is now good for you just look for more lightweight distributions like Lubuntu, Xubuntu, etc.

Good luck and I hope you enjoy your new system!

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Thank you I am now I download lubuntu-12.10-desktop-i386.iso – Ahmedsaber Jan 19 '13 at 19:15

I think you may use Ubuntu-Gnome 12.10 without facing any problem. Download Link:

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IF I try to install it it is boot from cd and i waiting and it is still loading and stop at word Ubuntu and nothing is do :( – Ahmedsaber Jan 19 '13 at 18:28
amy one can help ? what shold i installed ? – Ahmedsaber Jan 19 '13 at 18:56

If you are new to Ubuntu I think you would be best advised to download a live cd and boot and try it out. I prefer 12.04 LTS studio edition which comes with a lightweight windows manager called xfce which you might be more comfortable with than the 'Ficher Price' one that comes with the normal 12.04. the LTS means long term support. It is supported for the next 5 years. by then you should be able to make your own mind up. You should be able to do almost anything you want with this. Link below:


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