Ubuntu can be installed on any laptop that meets the minimum system requirements. However, laptops that meet the suggested system specifications will achieve better performance. There are also optional features in Ubuntu that you may want to use which will require additional hardware and services. Finally, there are some circumstances under which you might want to choose a special edition of Ubuntu for your laptop.
Standard System Requirements
Ubuntu typically requires a 1 GHz x86 processor, 1 GB of memory, 15 GB of hard drive space and a video card and monitor able to produce a 1024 by 768 resolution image. If you plan to install Ubuntu from a CD, DVD or USB drive, you will also need a CD or DVD drive or a USB port.
Minimum System Requirements
Advanced users can run Ubuntu on laptops that do not meet the standard requirements if they perform a minimal install. Laptops with only 512 MB of memory and 5 GB of hard drive can run Ubuntu. However, laptops that do not meet these the suggested requirements may be able to run another, less demanding version of the Linux operating system more successfully. Xubuntu, for example, can be used on laptops with only 256 MB of memory, 2 GB of hard drive space and at least a 500 MHz processor.
Optional Equipment and Services
As with any operating system, Ubuntu provides software and tools you can use only if you have the required hardware and services. For example, you must have Internet access to use the built-in web browser and email application. A sound card and speakers are required to listen to music, edit videos or perform other tasks where audio is essential. Ubuntu also recommends a CD or DVD drive.
There is a special edition of Ubuntu for netbooks. The Ubuntu Netbook Edition requires a 1.6 GHx Intel Atom processor, 512 MB of memory and 4 GB of hard drive space. The interface for the Netbook Edition has been modified for the small screens on netbooks.
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