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* CDs require 700MB media.
* Desktop install requires at least 256MB of RAM and 3GB of available hard drive space.
* Server install requires at least 64MB of RAM and 500MB of available hard drive space.
Kubuntu is available for download on two types of images. These images are:
* Desktop CD: The desktop CD includes a live system which allows you to try Kubuntu without changing your computer at all, and provides you with the option to install it permanently. This is the most common type of CD image that is downloaded, as the installation process is easier for new users. You will need at least 256MB of RAM to install from this CD.
* Alternate CD: The alternate CD allows you to perform custom or expert, installations of Kubuntu. It is required for setting up automated deployments, upgrading from older installations without network access, LVM and/or RAID partitioning, installing GRUB (Boot Loader) to a location other than the Master Boot Record and for systems with less than 256MB of RAM.
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* Your computer, of any architecture (which is to say, any manufacturer -- Apple, Intel or AMD64)
* An Ubuntu, Kubuntu or Edubuntu (or Xubuntu, although that may defeat the purpose of this guide ) installation CD or DVD appropriate for your architecture
* An Internet connection (preferably a fast one; you're going to be downloading a lot of material)
* One human being to type the commands
Using the live CD
Live CDs (or desktop CDs, as they are now called) are ill-suited to this task; the process involves installing a minimal system, which the live CD installer is not prepared to do.
Disk space will require around 300Mb for the initial "server" installation plus another 250Mb for downloaded packages and 900Mb once decompressed and configured. In all, a Xubuntu system needs less than 1.5Gb of hard drive space to function normally.
Xubuntu (and XFCE on the whole) is noted for lighter system requirements. A Xubuntu system will generally boot on less than 64Mb of memory, and will run comfortably on a machine with 128Mb or less installed.
There is no minimum speed requirement, although you may notice a drop in performance on systems running at less than 500Mhz.