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I heard that swap memory partition should be double the size of ram.. is it true? so I have to keep 8 GB swap space? I'm gonna install Ubuntu gnome 13.04.

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    Take a look at SwapFaq. – Mitch Aug 5 '13 at 11:25
  • 4 gigabit RAM (or 0.5 GB RAM) is rather low. Did you mean byte (capital B) rather than b (bit) ? – Hennes Aug 5 '13 at 12:00
  • Already answered here. Hopefully some of the multiple answers there will meet your query. – NickTux Aug 5 '13 at 12:19
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You are supposed to have your swap set at a minimum of equal your ram (4gb) but it's recommended to set it at double (8gb).

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