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1 GB RAM and AMD turion x2 which fedora?

asked 2014-11-04 02:12:20 -0500

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I have very old Laptop(Compaq 2006 Model ) which have following configuration

  1. MD Turion 64 ML-30 14″ Widescreen XGA Display (1280×768) 128 MB Shared ATI RADEON XPRESS 200M 1 GB Shared RAM (1×512) (Later Upgraded To 1024 MB) 60 GB 4200 RPM Toshiba Hard Drive DVD/CD-RW Combo Drive Broadcom 54g 802.11 b/g WLAN w/ SpeedBooster Want to know which Any Fedora version I should install on this? I remember i used to work on Fedora 10 in 2007/2008.

Please help. Thanks

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With only 1 GB RAM, you'll need a swap partition and the rule of thumb is to make it twice the size of you're RAM, meaning that you'll want 2 GB of swap.

sideburns gravatar imagesideburns ( 2014-12-27 19:58:07 -0500 )edit

I set mine so that the total combined physical and virtual comes to 4GB. Not sure if it helps performance all that much under load but it does enable hibernate having more than double. The swap file is very rarely used though because the OS is so resource efficient.

4096MB - 1280MB = 2816MB swap.

arehtykitna gravatar imagearehtykitna ( 2014-12-30 07:30:16 -0500 )edit

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answered 2014-12-26 15:55:49 -0500

deadrat gravatar image

You can use the latest stable version of Fedora: Fedora 21. However, I recommend you to use the customized release ( called as spin.)

Use the Fedora LXDE Spin and you can run your computer smoothly. You can download the Fedora LXDE spin here:

There you can choose between 32 bit and 64 bit versions. I suggest you to get 32 bit version ( as 64 bit may not be compatible with older PC.)

LXDE, the "Lightweight X11 Desktop Environment", is an extremely fast, performant, and energy-saving desktop environment. LXDE is not designed to be powerful and bloated, but to be usable and slim. A main goal of LXDE is to keep computer resource usage low. LXDE spin will not be an Eye Candy, but it comes with a beautiful interface, multi-language support, standard keyboard shortcuts and additional features like tabbed file browsing. It is especially designed for computers with low hardware specifications.

If you want something more polished and visually appealing, you may try The Fedora Xfce spin. You can download it here:

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answered 2014-11-04 03:43:02 -0500

baoboa gravatar image

you mean which desktop environment?

The fedora version should always be the latest stable one, then fedora 20.

for lightweight desktop environment i would recommend xfce (or lxde)

see the memory footprint:

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answered 2014-12-27 11:41:38 -0500

arehtykitna gravatar image

In addition to the above excellent recommendations I would like to point out that your notebook should also easily be able to run MATE-Compiz Spin. I use it myself with mintmenu on this notebook:

F21 MATE-Compiz Spin 32-bit HP compaq nx9105 Notebook - AMD Athlon XP-M 3000+, 1280MB RAM, 60GB HDD, Geforce 4 Go 420 32MB

I wouldn't bother using 64-bit personally on a machine with less than 4GiB. So if you want to give MATE-Compiz a try the LIVE ISO can be downloaded from ( ) or torrent (F21 MATE-Compiz i686 Live Torrent - )

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answered 2014-12-26 14:45:38 -0500

rajju gravatar image

enough configuration to work with

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answered 2014-11-05 12:36:13 -0500

I thing, a good decision for this specifications of your laptop is LXDE desktop environment. Take a look at this spin LXDE

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