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asked 2012-04-08 00:50:19 -0600

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Older PC with only 512mb (SDram) which I want to use as primarily IMAP & DHCP server.

Which version of fedora can run GUI in only 512mb of memory ?

With thanks

Chris g.

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answered 2012-04-09 13:27:40 -0600

Akshay gravatar image

updated 2012-04-09 13:31:54 -0600

although the system requirements for fedora 16 is 700 MB and if you try to install it on 512 MB ram it will give you an error but here is the little tweak which will let you install lxde on 512 ram vi /usr/sbin/anaconda

search for neededram = int((isys.MINRAM + extra_ram) / 1024) change that to

neededram = 0 # int((isys.MINRAM + extra_ram) / 1024)

or needed_ram = 0

click the "install to hard disk" button.

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answered 2012-04-09 07:43:42 -0600

FranciscoD_ gravatar image

The anaconda team is working on reducing the RAM required to run the Fedora installer (anaconda). Currently, the RAM requirements of the installer are around 700MB iirc.

You can't install Fedora on a system with less than 700MB ram at the moment. You'll have to increase the RAM for the installation temporarily, as a work around.

Once installed, LXDE etc. run well on 512MB RAM :)

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@ztank1013 a little tweak and it worked :)

Akshay gravatar imageAkshay ( 2012-04-09 13:28:27 -0600 )edit

answered 2012-04-08 04:14:24 -0600

ztank1013 gravatar image

I would try with f14 (or earlier verisions). Based on release notes you can find minimal h/w requirements:

f16 requirements

f15 requirements

f14 requirements << Minimum RAM for graphical: 384 MiB

Another test I would try is installing a later one (f15, f16, f17 beta) but with a lighter desktop environment (Xfce or Lxde). Look in Spin page.

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answered 2012-04-08 11:28:19 -0600

Akshay gravatar image

updated 2012-04-08 11:28:34 -0600

i recommend you to download fedora 16 LXDE works real good on old pc's its better to use newer versions then using old fedora GNOME versions

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