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#1 Linux family comparision

Post by Alez » Thu May 25, 2017 2:45 am

Linux family comparision. Originally posted by Dirk Broer but is too good to leave buried in another post.

The Ubuntu family, the most commonly used:
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Desktop Unity Gnome KDE Mate Xfce LXDE
CPU Req 1 GHz Celeron (better recommended) 1 GHz Celeron (better recommended) 1 GHz x86 (better recommended) Pentium III-750 (Core 2 Duo 1600 MHz or betterrecommended) Pentium III, Athlon XP (better recommended) Pentium II, Athlon (better recommended)
RAM Req 1 GB (2 GB or more recommended) 1.5 GB (more recommended) 512 MB (1 GB or more recommended) 512 MB (2 GB or more recommended) 512 MB or more(minimum install can be done with 128 MB) 128-384 MB (512 MB or more recommended)
OS size 7-16 GB 7-16 GB 4-10 GB 8-16 GB 2-6 GB 384-800 MB
The figures given take into account the install on a 32-bit system. When you have a 64-bit system you have the advantage of a better CPU than these requirements and no limitation in the amount of RAM -the more the better- you can place, other than the limits of your mobo.
Most systems nowadays can take at least 8 GB of RAM and a speed of 1.5 GHz for a CPU, APU or SOC seems the bare minimum now. You may have some older hardware lying around though.
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#2 Re: Linux family comparision

Post by Silver » Fri May 26, 2017 1:27 pm

More great info from Dirk :clap:
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#3 Re: Linux family comparision

Post by Dirk Broer » Thu Apr 11, 2019 11:03 pm

The Ubuntu family update, the most commonly used:
Flavor Ubuntu Budgie Linux Mint Kubuntu Ubuntu Mate Xubuntu Lubuntu
Architecture Armhf, ARM64, PowerPC, i386, x86_64, server only: PPC64el, S390x i386, x86_64 i386, x86_64 i386, x86_64 Armhf, powerPC, i386, x86_64 i386, x86_64 Armhf, powerPC, PPC64el, i386, x86_64
Desktop Unity Budgie Cinnamon, Mate, Xfce KDE Mate Xfce LXDE
CPU Req 2 GHz dual core CPU (better recommended) 1.5 GHz i386 or x86_64 (better recommended) 2 GHz i386 or x86_64 (better recommended) 2 GHz i386 or x86_64 (better recommended) Pentium 4 or Pentium M or AMD K8 (Core 2 Duo 1.6 GHz or better recommended) PAE capable Pentium 4 or Pentium M or AMD K8 (better recommended) Pentium 4 or Pentium M or AMD K8 (better recommended)
RAM Req 2 GB (more recommended) 2 GB (more recommended) 1 GB (more recommended) 2 GB (more recommended) 2 GB (more recommended) 1 GB (more recommended) 1 GB (more recommended)
Disk space 25 GB or more to 60 GB 15-20 GB to 25 GB 9-16 GB 7.5 GB or more 4.6 GB or more
Updated for 18.04 LTS versions! Note the change in minimum required CPU: no longer will a Pentium II (Lubuntu) or PIII or AMD K7 (Xubuntu) do, it seems...
These minimum requirement figures given take into account the install of a 32-bit version, the support for which will be dropped soon in most distro's (with the 18.10 release actually). 64-bit versions may have higher requirements. When you do have such a 64-bit system, you have the advantage of a better CPU than these minimum requirements and almost no limitation in the amount of RAM -the more the better- you can place, other than the limits of your mobo -which may be different from those advertised. I have 16 GB running in a J5005 system that officially supports only 8 GB and know of people who have 32 GB in the same motherboard.

Most x86 systems (read x86-64 systems) nowadays can take at least 8 GB of RAM and a speed of 1.5 GHz for a CPU, APU or SOC seems the bare minimum now.
As an example: My 'budget' Socket AM1 2050 MHz Athlon 5350 Ubuntu and Xubuntu systems are loaded with 16 GB of DDR3 RAM.
You may have some older hardware lying around though....but will it run BOINC?

ARM boards as the Raspberry Pi2, 3 and 3+ are very limited in the expandability of system RAM (as in: "you just can't do it"): when you find out that the 1 GB of the Pi2 or 3 will not be enough, you should consider e.g. the 2 GB ARM Cortex-A53 equipped Odroid C2 or the 2 GB ARM Cortex-A17 equipped Asus Tinker Board. Both have the exact same dimensions as the Pi.
I had no trouble running Ubuntu Mate 16.04 on my 2nd Raspi 2 though, and I had an even more pleasant experience running it on the (faster) Raspberry Pi 3 -as I did with the Lubuntu for Arm on my 2nd Pi 3.
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#4 Re: Linux family comparision

Post by davidBAM » Fri Apr 12, 2019 10:33 am

Very useful thankyou

I take it that disk space is a recommendation rather than an amount actually used? I use Ubuntu 18.10 extensively so, next time I install it, I'll check the actual space used by a clean installation
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#5 Re: Linux family comparision

Post by Dirk Broer » Fri Apr 12, 2019 2:42 pm

davidBAM wrote:
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I take it that disk space is a recommendation rather than an amount actually used?
It is the value the distro gives at the hardware requirements as needing free disk space. Budgie had me speachless...
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#6 Re: Linux family comparision

Post by Dirk Broer » Fri Apr 19, 2019 2:04 am

The Arch Family
Flavor archlinux archbang archlabs endeavour manjaro parabola
Architecturex86_64, i386, AArch64, armhfx86_64x86_64x86_64x86_64x86_64, i686, Armhf
DesktopCinnamon, Enlightenment, Gnome, KDE, LXDE, Mate, Xfcei3, Openbox (Default)bspwm, Cinnamon, i3-gaps, dwm, GNOME, KDE Plasma, Openbox (Default), XfceCinnamon, GNOME3 (Default), KDE, MATE, Openbox, XfceAwesome, bspwm, Budgie, Cinnamon, Deepin, GNOME, i3, KDE Plasma, LXQt, MATE, Openbox, Xfce (Default)Blackbox, Fluxbox, GNOME, IceWM, KDE, LXDE, MATE (Default), Openbox, WMaker, Xfce
CPU Reqx86_64 CPU, i386, ARMv7, ARMv8x86_64 CPU (1 GHz or better recommended)x86_64 CPU (1.4 GHz or better recommended)x86_64 CPU (1 GHz or better recommended)x86_64 CPU (1 GHz or better recommended)i686 CPU (better recommended), ARMv7
RAM Req512 MB (2 GB or more recommended)512 MB (1 GB or more recommended)512 MB (1 GB or more recommended)512 MB (2 GB or more recommended)1 GB (more recommended)256 MB (more recommended)
Disk Space10-20 GB5-15 GB10-15 GB6-15 GB30 GB800 MB (more recommended)
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#7 Re: Linux family comparision

Post by Dirk Broer » Sat Apr 20, 2019 6:24 pm

The Fedora family
Flavor fedora redhat centos clearos oracle linux scientific linux
ArchitectureAArch64, armhf, i686, x86_64AArch64, i386, ia64, IBM Z, ppc, ppc64el, s390, s390x, x86_64AArch64, armhf, i386, x86_64i686, x86_64AArch64, i686, sparc64, x86_64i386, x86_64
DesktopAwesome, Cinnamon, Deepin, Enlightenment, GNOME, KDE Plasma, LXDE, LXQt, MATE, Openbox, Pantheon, Ratpoison, XfceGNOME, KDEGNOME, KDEGNOMEGNOME, KDEGNOME, IceWM, KDE
CPU Req1 GHz CPU or better32-bit or 64-bit32-bit or 64-bit32-bit or 64-bit32-bit or 64-biti386 with PAE support (till version 6, x86_64 only from version 7)
RAM Req1 GB (more recommended)2 GB (more recommended)1 GB (more recommended)1 GB (more recommended)1 GB (more recommended)512 MB (more recommended)
Disk Space10 GB or more6 GB or more10-20 GB10 GB or more1 GB or more1-6 GB
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#8 Re: Linux family comparision

Post by Alez » Mon Apr 22, 2019 2:25 am

Has anyone tried running scientific Linux ? I've heard docker etc runs better, but I'm guessing that GPU support would be pretty sketchy.
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#9 Re: Linux family comparision

Post by Dirk Broer » Mon Jan 27, 2020 1:07 pm

Alez wrote:
Mon Apr 22, 2019 2:25 am
Has anyone tried running scientific Linux ? I've heard docker etc runs better, but I'm guessing that GPU support would be pretty sketchy.
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