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    I want to start using Linux, but i dont want to do it on my main computer.

    I've got an old 486 somewhere and I was wondering what the minimum requirements for running Linux is?

    I heard that it needs quite a bit of hard drive space but otherwise it does'nt need much cpu power or memory.

    is that correct?

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    You'll be OK with 1-2GB and 50MHz and more.

    Each distribution of Linux is different, but all of them have very low requirements. If it can run Windows, it can probably run Linux

    Linux actually requires little hard drive space compared to Windows.

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    yeah but how much ram?

    and what about running X-Windos and other GUI's?

    do they need much more system requirements?

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    I think I ran linux (X-Windows) with 16MB of RAM, and you could probably go under that a bit.

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    I have run redhat on a P90 with 16mb ram. As far as disk space goes, it can be as much as you want really. There are small linux type distributions with text editors etc that will fit on a floppy disk, but I doubt they have much usability
    Bearing in mind most distributions are 1 or 2 cds for a full install, you could need quite a lot, but phat linux will run and be fully functional in about 200mb.

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    Minimum:
    -386/486
    -100 Mb HD
    -4 Mb RAM
    -2 bits graphics

    For a GUI (X-Windows):
    -100 MHz
    -500 Mb HD
    -32 Mb RAM
    -16 bits colors

    Recommended (GUI and much more):
    -250 MHz and up (more is better)
    -4 Gb HD (enough space for an office PC, gaming PC's will need more)
    -64 RAM, preferable 128
    -32/64 bits graphics
    -Fast videocard (8 Mb at least)

    Hope this helps
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    Thanks for the info!

    All I really want to do is learn how to use Linux and some of the software packages for it. I wont be using it for serious stuff, I just want to have a play around with it.

    So if that was the case would a 486 with 8MB RAM, 250 MB HD do?

    Also how big are the downloads for some versions of Linux? eg Red Hat, SuSE etc.?

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    Originally posted by isuru
    Also how big are the downloads for some versions of Linux? eg Red Hat, SuSE etc.?
    SuSe and RedHat (ISO's) are between 600 and 700 MB. SuSe 7.0 is 646.92 Mb.

    Good site for ISO's:

    http://www.linuxiso.org
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    250 mb is pretty low. I have RedHat 5 and FreeBSD 4, and on a 1 gig each of them takes up quite a good portion of the space. (They are not both on there at the same time, individually they take up quite alot) I also recommend upgrading the ram. It shouldnt be real expensive, RAM is cheap. Anyway, when I had 16 megs, RedHat and FreeBSD would lock up often. Now, I have 32 and FreeBSD NEVER crashes.

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    I've SuSe 6.3 running on a 486, 16 MB RAM, 100 Mb HD, Trident 1 Mb videocard (actually graphics card )

    I don't run X-Windows, but that won't even be possible, I think
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