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    saman75 NNTP User

    Default Minimum System requirement of SUSE

    Hi, I'm a windows developer & also a firmware developer and I earn almost all of my money from MS-Windows. while I believe that MS-Windows is a great OS but deep in my heart I do not like Microsoft because of its arrogance and being ego driven. I like to learn more about linux and I believe sooner or later linux will grow to a size that can beat MS-Windows. unsuccessful launch of Vista just reaffirmed my belief. Now, I know that before I can earn money from desktop versions of linux I have to wait for some years but even now embedded linux can spell commercial success. so I decided to learn about embedded versions of linux. I've been told that embedded versions of linux are not much different from desktop versions and it is a good idea to install a desktop version of linux and become familiar with it.
    I have an old K6 pentium 400MHz with 128M RAM that is too slow for todays windows application and has no use and I hope that I can install a version of linux on it.

    I can afford to buy a modern computer for linux or install linux on one of my other new computers that run Vista or XP as the second OS but I only want to do this if it is necessary for my purpose which is learning embedded linux.

    I took a survey to choose a linux distribution and it suggested SUSE to me.
    Dose the old Pentium II 400MHz with 128M RAM(I can increase RAM if it is the only problem)is enough to run linux? should I buy a modern computer to run SUSE(I mean dose it worth for my purpose which is learning embedded linux)? should I try other distributions?

    thanks

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    Default Re: Minimum System requirement of SUSE

    increase your ram to at least 512mb & you should be fine for SuSE. The lowest specs i have put SuSE 103 on is : p2 350 & 256mb ram & 10gb hard drive.

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    Default Re: Minimum System requirement of SUSE

    In case you wanted the official hardware requirement: Sysreqs

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    saman75 NNTP User

    Default Re: Minimum System requirement of SUSE

    thanks a lot guys,
    I had seen the official SysReq before posting but first of all it says nothing about minimum speed and it was worrisome and second official requirement may be very different with the actual experiment. I certainly do not want to hold a mouse over a menu item for a few second to be opened. I don't mind to wait for some more seconds for a program to be loaded but at least I expect good responsiveness.

    cheers,

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    Default Re: Minimum System requirement of SUSE

    Increasing RAM as much as you can will compensate for lower CPU speed; make sure the swap partition is at least one and a half times available RAM up to 512Mb or don't install until you have increased RAM because the installer will create a swap partition based on what it finds.

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    Default Re: Minimum System requirement of SUSE

    Well, as deltaflyer44 already mentioned you should increase your ram significantly. I'd get a more powerful system for openSUSE anyway, at least for your everyday work. As a recommendation for that specific computer you're talking about, I'd recommend trying out a leaner desktop environment like xfce as well. or simply run fluxbox as windowmanager. Anyway, from my perspective openSUSE will be too "resource hungry" for that machine.

    Other distributions? Be sure to check out www.zenwalk.org - Ever tried zen computing? for that specific machine, it has all common devtools installed by default and has pretty low hardware requirements - but to make that clear, that distribution will never be able to compete with openSUSE!

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    Default Re: Minimum System requirement of SUSE

    I've had Open SuSE 10.3 running on a P2 266 MHz with 220 MB ram, but it was noticeably slow. It was usable, but barely. I wouldn't recommend anything under 500 MHz.

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    Default Re: Minimum System requirement of SUSE

    deltaflyer44 wrote:
    > increase your ram to at least 512mb & you should be fine for SuSE. The
    > lowest specs i have put SuSE 103 on is : p2 350 & 256mb ram & 10gb
    > hard drive.
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    > Andy
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    >

    Lowest I've gone was 10.3 P1 233MHz with 128MB ram. I installed CLI only
    and ran it headless anyway. The minimum system requirements are to use
    KDE or Gnome with the bells and whistles.

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    Default Re: Minimum System requirement of SUSE

    The lowest-spec machine I got SuSE (9.1) installed on was a Pentium I w/MMX Technology at 233MHz(?) maxed out with 128MB of Ram.

    You definatly would not mistake it for something new

    Installable? Yes. Usable? Questionable.

    Although I did have Edubuntu running on a P3 500MHz with 256MB Ram and it ran pretty good.

    From my experience, though, the more Ram the better (even moreso than tossing Ram at Windows).

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    Default Re: Minimum System requirement of SUSE

    You'll have to incresase your RAM to 1 GB to be comfortable, 512 is the minimum increment.

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