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Hi All,

I am investigating options for my Spanish speaking Landlord's old desktop with a Pentium 4 2.66 GHz CPU, 512MB RAM (400MHz) and a 40 GB Hard Drive (7200 RPM ATA 133 - IDE).

Without any optimisations nor modifications what is the Memory Usage when the system is ready for use?

How much Hard Drive space does a Default install require?

What would be the approximate Boot Time for the above Hardware specifications?

My Landlord is not knowledgeable about Computers but his daughters are regular users. How suitable is Linux Lite 2.0  for people such as my Landlord? Is there a Spanish language pack available?

Thanks, Michael

I have LL installed to a friends computer with similar specs (see below).  It is currently dual-booting with Windows XP.  LL boots faster and operates faster than XP.  I don't remember how long the boot process was, but do remember it was almost half of the time that Win XP took to fully boot and be ready to use (with anti-virus and firewall finished loading and ready).

--- Code: [email protected]:~$ inxi -Fxz
System:    Host: palladium Kernel: 3.2.0-40-generic-pae i686 (32 bit, gcc: 4.6.3)
           Desktop: Xfce 4.8.3 (Gtk 2.24.10) Distro: Ubuntu 12.04 precise
Machine:   System: product: N/A
           Mobo: ASUSTeK model: P4PE version: REV 1.xx Bios: Award version: ASUS P4PE-MPC 1001 date: 11/06/2002
CPU:       Single core Intel Pentium 4 CPU (-UP-) cache: 512 KB flags: (pae sse sse2) bmips: 3808.82 clocked at 1904.410 MHz
Graphics:  Card: NVIDIA NV11 [GeForce2 MX/MX 400] bus-ID: 01:00.0
           Display Server: X.Org 1.11.3 drivers: nvidia (unloaded: fbdev,vesa) Resolution: [email protected]
           GLX Renderer: GeForce2 MX/AGP/SSE2 GLX Version: 1.5.8 NVIDIA 96.43.23 Direct Rendering: Yes
Audio:     Card: Intel 82801DB/DBL/DBM (ICH4/ICH4-L/ICH4-M) AC'97 Audio Controller
           driver: snd_intel8x0 ports: 9800 9400 bus-ID: 00:1f.5
           Sound: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture ver: 1.0.24
Network:   Card: Broadcom NetXtreme BCM5702X Gigabit Ethernet driver: tg3 ver: 3.121 bus-ID: 02:05.0
           IF: eth0 state: up speed: 1000 Mbps duplex: full mac: <filter>
Drives:    HDD Total Size: 123.9GB (6.1% used) 1: id: /dev/sda model: ST360021A size: 60.0GB
           2: USB id: /dev/sdb model: USB_Flash_Drive size: 63.9GB
Partition: ID: / size: 21G used: 4.2G (21%) fs: ext4 ID: swap-1 size: 0.26GB used: 0.03GB (12%) fs: swap
           ID: swap-2 size: 1.20GB used: 0.00GB (0%) fs: swap
RAID:      No RAID devices detected - /proc/mdstat and md_mod kernel raid module present
Sensors:   None detected - is lm-sensors installed and configured?
Info:      Processes: 129 Uptime: 4:43 Memory: 175.5/495.6MB Runlevel: 2
           Gcc sys: 4.6.3 Client: Shell (bash 4.2.25) inxi: 1.9.19
--- End code ---

Scroll down the output to the second to last line and you will see next to "Memory" that it is using approximately 176MB of the 500MB of RAM when up and running at idle.  (It's a standard install with no special performance tweaks.)

The installed system will take up slightly less than 5GB of space (not including the swap partition, which should be at least the size of RAM); but you should allot more than that if space is available or you will run out of room quickly.  Try to make the LL partition at least 10GB.  If user creates and/or saves many data files (especially videos) the space will fill up fast unless they are saved to a USB stick or something else.

--- Quote from: cuscotravelservices ---My Landlord is not knowledgeable about Computers but his daughters are regular users. How suitable is Linux Lite 2.0  for people such as my Landlord?
--- End quote ---
LL is very easy to use for basic computing needs - web browsing, creating/reading documents, viewing movies, playing music, etc.  Basic usage will not require any special knowledge, nor require the use of terminal commands under normal circumstances; so landlord and daughters will probably be fine using it.

--- Quote from: cuscotravelservices ---Is there a Spanish language pack available?
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You can designate Spanish as the language during installation.  You can also add Spanish to the installation later by following these instructions in the Help Manual.


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