Ubuntu 11.04 (or Natty Narwhal) or most of the Linux distribution has usually a lower hardware/system requirements as compare to Windows or Mac OS X, and of course Linux based operating systems are more compatible with older hardwares, so in general you don’t need to worry about these minimum hardware specifications and requirements, unless you are using a very old computer. Anyhow, before going to install Ubuntu 11.04 from USB or CD/DVD , you are recommended to check this minimum system requirements.
For Ubuntu 11.04 system requirements may vary depending on the need i.e the purpose for which you are using Ubuntu 11.04. Suppose, if you want to play games (heavy games which requires 3D acceleration..) then of course you would need much RAM as well as a dedicated graphics card such as Nvidia, ATI etc (i.e a separate GPU (Graphics Processing Unit) ), this will be true for similar other jobs which need high graphics capability. If so then get a best graphics card for Ubuntu Desktop.
Ubuntu 11.04/10.10/10.04 System requirements
The system requirements for Ubuntu 11.04 is same as compared to it’s predecessor 10.10 (Maverick Meerkat) or 10.04 (Lucid Lynx), although Unity may not be supported (or it will run with very poor performance, if that’s the case then switch to Gnome and turn off all those fancy desktop effects) in 3D mode on older computer with low graphics capability, in that case it will fall back to Unity in 2D Mode (or to Gnome in older versions of Ubuntu).
Minimum Hardware Requirements
- 1 GHz Pentium or better processor (such as Dual Core, Core 2 Duo, i3, i5,i7… )
- 384 MB of primary memory (RAM) although, at-least 512 MB is recommended
- 5 GB of harddrive space but it would be better if you have more than 10GB (unless you are installing Ubuntu 11.04 , for testing or any specific purpose)
- Either a CD/DVD drive or a USB (Universal Serial Bus) port (or both)
- a Graphics Card if you want to use the Unity in 3D Mode, which is the default mode of Ubuntu 11.04, although it’s optional because you can still use Gnome 2.* efficiently by turning off the compiz or desktop effects which consumes a lot of resources
- A monitor (CRT, LCD-TFT, LCD-LED or whatever) capable of displaying output at Resolution (Min) : 800×600
- Internet Connection is not necessary but it’s recommended