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Here are the specs: Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition Version 2002 SP3

Packard Bell. Intel (R) Pentium (R) D CPU 2.80GHz 1.00 Gb of RAM

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You can try Ubuntu before you install it. without affecting your system – hhlp Oct 24 '11 at 11:12

In theory - yes - is the short answer. You meet the minimum recommend specifications.

The quickest way to find out is to download the ISO and either burn it onto a CD or write it to a USB stick.

Follow the 1 - 2 - 3 guide on the Ubuntu website.

You can Ubuntu from what is called a live CD - if everything looks ok - go ahead and install

  • as an installation from windows (this is called a wubi install) - or
  • as a side-by-side installation (called a dual boot) - or even
  • just say goodbye to windows and wipe your hard-drive clean during installation with a Ubuntu only install.

There is more than Ubuntu for you to explore as well (download links below)....

  1. Lubuntu
  2. Xubuntu
  3. Kubuntu
  4. Ubuntu
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If it turn out that Ubuntu is to heavy / sluggish / slow for your pc you can try a light weight version called xubuntu ( – Peter Smit Oct 24 '11 at 11:11
almost all people forget this version of ubuntu Lubuntu -> – hhlp Oct 24 '11 at 11:28

It will work Although it will be good to update your RAM to 2GB or even 4GB. I had 1.9GHz CPU and it worked fine with 10.04 and I don't think there is much thinks to make it not work! But my advice is install 10.10 and if it performs well upgrade to 11.10.

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What a bad idea to suggest 10.10. This is a release that will not get any security updates anymore from April on. – Peter Smit Oct 24 '11 at 11:10
You can see a bad idea up until when the computer cannot support Natty (unity) or Gnome3/Unity 11.10. If you read between lines I said that if performance is Optimum he should upgrade. So Yes if machine cannot handle Natty/Oneiric, only option is Maverick or below. And that is not my faulty – Stefano Mtangoo Oct 25 '11 at 7:22
I see your answer is great but wait a minute I didn't knew the specs for Ubuntu and so I proposed doing tests from lower versions upwards. Thanks for downvotes and sorry for this little "protest" ;) – Stefano Mtangoo Oct 25 '11 at 7:25

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