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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 Lubuntu work well on a Dell Dimension 4100 with these specifications:

  • CPU: Intel Pentium III
  • Memory: 384M
  • Hard Drive Capacity: 20G
  • Processor Speed: 800MHz
  • CPU: 1Ghz Intel Pentium 3m RAM: 128MB HDD: 20GB OS: Lubuntu 12.04 WORKS: Long install time, but works well once running. – user80815 Aug 2 '12 at 9:05

I know the System Requirements for the Desktop version show that it is recommended on PCs with more than 1GB of RAM. but I have to mention 2 cases for me:

CPU: 700Mhz Intel Pentium 3
RAM: 256MB
OS: Lubuntu 12.04
WORKS: Like a Charm 2.0 ^^

CPU: 550Mhz Intel Pentium 3
RAM: 128MB
OS: Lubuntu 12.04
WORKS: Like a Charm 2.0 ^^

In both cases I am using Lubuntu and test it, well everything. There was no lag, no problems, no nothing. Just works and it truly makes the PC come to life. I mean they had Windows XP and the minute they had Lubuntu and the users learned in a day how to use it they told me they felt the PCs as if they were brand new. They even booted faster.

Another case is a laptop I have here:

BRAND: Dell Latitude CPx Notebook
CPU: 650Mhz Pentium 3
RAM: 128MB
OS: Lubuntu 12.04
WORKS: Like a duck in the water. Like an elephant in Africa. Like my teeth on a Pizza.

And the last case which I mention also here: Lighter in CPU/Memory Usage: Lubuntu or Xubuntu is this PC:

CPU - Pentium 2 450Mhz
OS: Lubuntu 12.04
WORKS: When pigs fly!. I have to actually put 128MB RAM total to install it, then I took the memory and left it again with 64MB. I can't say it runs smooth but it sure beats the speed of others. Takes a bit longer to start (About a minute) and to open anything but come on, that is 64MB. My pen drive is 32GB. I can't ask the PC for more.

This pretty much gives you an idea. For your PC I am sure it will work correctly and smooth. I am even more sure that it will work even better than Windows XP or higher.

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System Requirements

A Pentium II or Celeron system with 128 MB of RAM. Desktop CD should not be used to install on systems with less than 1 GB of RAM. Please download the alternate ISO.

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