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I'm wondering will I be able to run Ubuntu 10.04 on a VPS with 256 RAM, and if not, what's the best OS to run on that VPS?

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This VPS is more than enough for a Ubuntu Server but not enough for a normal Ubuntu with the graphical environment (Ubuntu minimum requisites). If your python script doesn't need to draw things, it will be ok.

If you need to run a graphical Ubuntu with only 256Mb your best option is Lubuntu

Note that usually a VPS offers assume that you will use the server version and don't make any provision for graphical access.

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  • Thanks for the answer, I bought it today and installed everything. It works how I wanted it to work. Thanks again! – maikati Jan 24 '13 at 15:17
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You can see the minimum system requirements here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ubuntu_%28operating_system%29#System_requirements

Installing from the CD requires a minimum of 256 MB of RAM.

But there is one operating system that comes to mind: puppy linux. Maybe that's an option. People have succeeded in running Puppy with a 333MHz CPU and 64MB. To be comfortable 256MB RAM and a 512MB swap file will run smoother.

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  • Oh well, the plan that I've choosen has 256 MB + 256 MB burstable. I guess if I change it to 384 MB (it has 512mb burstable too) I will be able to run Ubuntu + my python script. Correct me if I'm wrong. – maikati Jan 23 '13 at 17:18

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