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Linux® For Dummies®, 8th Edition by Richard Blum, Dee-Ann LeBlanc

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System Requirements

Make sure that your computer meets the following minimum system requirements. If your computer doesn’t match up to most of these requirements, you may have problems when using the contents of the DVD-ROMs:

A PC with an Intel-compatible Pentium-class processor: The minimum requirement for Graphical mode is a 400 MHz Pentium IV. Try to do better than the minimum for a heavy-use desktop system, though. For these computers, “more is better.”
At least 256MB of RAM: You need at least 192MB of RAM for Graphical mode. (Linux can handle as much RAM as you can fit into a typical PC, and more is almost always better than less.)
At least 1GB of hard drive space: I recommend 15GB if you want to install all the software from the DVD-ROM. You need less space if you don’t install every program, but you should go ahead and make more than 15GB of space available, to give yourself more options and room for file storage. Again, more is better.
A DVD-ROM drive — double-speed (2x) or faster: The faster the DVD-ROM drive, the faster your installation experience.
Just about any VGA monitor: Just about any monitor does the trick, but you want one that’s capable of displaying at least 256 colors or grayscale.
A keyboard and a mouse: You need both items so that you have a way to communicate with your Linux system and tell it what to do!
Some kind of network connection: Again, the faster your Internet connection, the less time it takes to update your installation to the most recent versions. ...

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