LinuxQuestions.org
Latest LQ Deal: Complete CCNA, CCNP & Red Hat Certification Training Bundle
Go Back   LinuxQuestions.org > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Newbie
User Name
Password
Linux - Newbie This Linux forum is for members that are new to Linux.
Just starting out and have a question? If it is not in the man pages or the how-to's this is the place!

Notices


Reply
  Search this Thread
Old 11-22-2008, 08:35 PM   #1
ALGOMEDIC
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: Nov 2008
Posts: 1

Rep: Reputation: 0
Linux system with < 256 RAM...


Hi, I tried to install Ubuntu onto an older Dell laptop with 256RAM. It gave me error saying that I only had "253" and needed 256 or it would not load properly - which it did not. I tried installing Xubuntu and got the same error. I've had problems loading software from the CD upon startup but Ubuntu and Xubuntu have software that loads and it starts fine. My questions is, is there a Linux system that operates on less then 256 RAM and has the same type of program to help load from the CD on reboot.

Thanks in advance for your time.

James
 
Old 11-22-2008, 08:49 PM   #2
AuroraCA
Member
 
Registered: Jul 2008
Location: Northern CA USA
Distribution: Ubuntu, Slackware, Gentoo, Fedora, Red Hat, Puppy Linux
Posts: 370

Rep: Reputation: 35
There are two that come to mind:

Puppy Linux will run on as little as 32 MB of RAM on a Pentium system
and
Damn Small Linux (DSL) will run in as little as 128 MB
 
Old 11-22-2008, 08:52 PM   #3
jailbait
LQ Guru
 
Registered: Feb 2003
Location: Blue Ridge Mountain
Distribution: Debian Jessie, Linux Mint 17
Posts: 7,751

Rep: Reputation: 272Reputation: 272Reputation: 272
There is a distinction between the RAM requirements of a Linux installer and the RAM requirements of the system it installs. Look for a smaller installer. For example Debian gives you a choice between a GUI installer and a command line installer. The CLI installer is smaller.

Other distributions that I know of which have a small installer are Damn Small Linux and Slackware.

Then once you get a working installer you have to install a small system which will perform reasonably well in your limited space. Choose small versions of programs such as abiword for a word processor, xfce for a window manager, and so on.

----------------------
Steve Stites
 
Old 11-22-2008, 09:20 PM   #4
phantom_cyph
Senior Member
 
Registered: Feb 2007
Location: My HDD...
Distribution: WinXP for designing, Linux for life.
Posts: 2,329
Blog Entries: 1

Rep: Reputation: 47
If you want to stick with Ubuntu, get one of their minimal install iso's thats made for a server. (about 9 megs) It will give you a command line system that you can build up from.
 
Old 11-22-2008, 09:34 PM   #5
Lord Xeb
Member
 
Registered: Nov 2008
Location: Ohio, USA
Distribution: Ubuntu 8.10 (I always update)
Posts: 34

Rep: Reputation: 15
Go and use the alternate installs. They work with 64MB of ram. I used it before and it isn't too hard to understand. You should be using Xubuntu on that system because it runs better in that area. Ubuntu needs far more hardware requirements than Xubuntu. But again, if you want ubuntu, use the alternate install for it. You can find it on the server as well.
 
Old 11-22-2008, 09:38 PM   #6
claudius753
Member
 
Registered: Jan 2004
Distribution: Mac OS X 10.6.4 "Snow Leopard", Win 7, Ubuntu 10.04
Posts: 322

Rep: Reputation: 31
Oops, Lord Xeb is a faster typist than I!

Try using the alternate install disc, it will allow you to install using a text based installer instead of the graphical one.

With only 256 MB of RAM you may want to look into Xubuntu instead, it uses the Xfce desktop environment, which is better suited to lower spec machines. http://www.xubuntu.org/about You can also do

Code:
sudo apt-get install xubuntu-desktop
to install the Xubuntu desktop from a normal Ubuntu install.

Last edited by claudius753; 11-22-2008 at 09:39 PM. Reason: Lord Xeb beat me to it....
 
Old 11-22-2008, 09:48 PM   #7
phantom_cyph
Senior Member
 
Registered: Feb 2007
Location: My HDD...
Distribution: WinXP for designing, Linux for life.
Posts: 2,329
Blog Entries: 1

Rep: Reputation: 47
Quote:
Originally Posted by claudius753 View Post
Oops, Lord Xeb is a faster typist than I!

Try using the alternate install disc, it will allow you to install using a text based installer instead of the graphical one.

With only 256 MB of RAM you may want to look into Xubuntu instead, it uses the Xfce desktop environment, which is better suited to lower spec machines. http://www.xubuntu.org/about You can also do

Code:
sudo apt-get install xubuntu-desktop
to install the Xubuntu desktop from a normal Ubuntu install.
Normal ubuntu install includes the minimal install I mentioned. You would just make sure that you typed "cli" for command line system when the CD is in, then don't select a lot of software. Enter the above command from claudius and you'll have X and XFCE up and running in no time at all.
 
Old 11-23-2008, 08:00 AM   #8
IndyGunFreak
Senior Member
 
Registered: Aug 2003
Location: Indpls
Distribution: Laptops: Linux Mint 18 XFCE, Debian Jessie XFCE, NAS: OpenMediaVault
Posts: 1,304

Rep: Reputation: 56
Alternate Install CD should run just fine on that laptop. Once its installed, 256mb should be fine for the OS.

http://ftp.wayne.edu/linux_distribut...untu/intrepid/

Alternate install CD

The alternate install CD allows you to perform certain specialist installations of Ubuntu. It provides for the following situations:

* setting up automated deployments;
* upgrading from older installations without network access;
* LVM and/or RAID partitioning;
* installs on systems with less than about 256MB of RAM (although note that low-memory systems may not be able to run a full desktop environment reasonably).

In the event that you encounter a bug using the alternate installer, please file a bug on the debian-installer package.
 
  


Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Recommend a linux distro(For pentium 4,256 MB ram) bala21 Linux - Distributions 3 09-12-2007 03:32 AM
256 ram shows as 183284 total ram phreakshew Linux - Hardware 6 08-21-2006 03:37 PM
256 MB RAM -- 512MB swap ? lynxfreak Linux - General 23 02-24-2006 01:40 PM
how do I set my 256 Mb RAM to 128 Mb? thief Linux - Software 1 10-26-2003 08:50 AM
how do I set my 256 Mb RAM to 128 Mb? thief Linux - Newbie 4 10-18-2003 07:07 AM


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 12:35 PM.

Main Menu
Advertisement
My LQ
Write for LQ
LinuxQuestions.org is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
Syndicate
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
Facebook: linuxquestions Google+: linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration