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I am a Windows user and I am looking forward to using Ubuntu 12.04, however there are some difficulties I want to discuss. First off I am using a Pentium 4 PC RAM 4 GB and 160 GB hard disk, processor 3.00 GHz. Will Ubuntu run seamlessly and faster than Windows 7 that I have? Secondly, I access the Internet using HUAWEI Tata Photon+ device. Will that work on Ubuntu? Most importantly, I have a balance of 4000 MB left, will that be enough for all the download work needed(say by the exe installer).

Thanks a lot fellas.

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Please do not ask more than one question per post :) – Tachyons Jun 22 '13 at 16:07
I did that on all other SE sites. Sorry, if it was not allowed here. – Ashish Gaurav Jun 22 '13 at 16:08
@AshishGaurav That's everywhere on the SE network sites and how Q&A sites work in general. – gertvdijk Jun 22 '13 at 16:08
It will depend on your configuration how fast ubuntu runs. With your setup you might consider a less-resource intensive desktop environment than unity. Xubuntu is a great option for older hardware. – user169383 Jun 22 '13 at 16:37
Internet download allowance: 4000 MB – Ashish Gaurav Jun 22 '13 at 17:12
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4000 MB should be WAY more than enough to download Ubuntu... if you're planning on downloading extra software after you download Ubuntu, it really depends upon what the software is.

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Size of iso is near ~750 MB . And you may need extra band width for installing additional tools . Your system specs are enough to run ubuntu smoothly .

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Won't the iso file download anything else during Ubuntu installation? – Ashish Gaurav Jun 22 '13 at 16:06
@AshishGaurav Yes, it will. It will download and install essential updates. Be sure to use a 12.04.2 (note the .2) ISO to minimize the amount of packages for that. The .2 point release is the latest updated ISO for 12.04 at the time of writing. – gertvdijk Jun 22 '13 at 16:07
Any idea on the size of updates? I am extremely limited to 4000 MB! – Ashish Gaurav Jun 22 '13 at 16:09
I don't know the exact size, but it will be defnitly less than 700 MB for a fresh install ,so don't worry about it, the available bandwidth is more than enough :) – Tachyons Jun 22 '13 at 18:01

Yep. 4GB of data is more than enough. I installed it using 1.5GB of data transferred, and had no trouble at all.

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Re-reading the answer - do you mean 4GB of data to download or 4GB of RAM/memory? – gertvdijk Jun 22 '13 at 16:16
I mean 4GB of data to download. – Ashish Gaurav Jun 22 '13 at 16:17
I clearly wrote 4000 MB 'balance', and I'm sorry if that confuses. Anyways if that is going to work, that is all right. – Ashish Gaurav Jun 22 '13 at 16:21
@BobbyPhoenix do you mean 4GB of data to download or 4GB of RAM/memory? I hoped you mean data download as that's what the question is about. I've edited your answer to reflect that. Revert if 1.5GB of RAM/memory is what you meant. – gertvdijk Jun 22 '13 at 16:41
@gertvdijk Yes that is what I meant. Data, not memory. As in I downloaded Ubuntu to a USB stick that was 8GB, and it fit no problem with room to spare. I actually just checked it, and Ubuntu installed at a total of 1.8GB leaving me 6.2GB free. – Bobby Phoenix Jun 23 '13 at 3:56

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