PC Requirements

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Intallfest PC Requirements

Due to how quickly things change, we cannot guarantee the accuracy of this document.

Also note, we only support installing Linux on PC-compatible hardware. We cannot install Linux on Macs at this time.


  • '586 CPU or higher


  • Some distributions of Linux can run on a system with as little as 4 MB of RAM
  • A minimum of 16 MB is generally recommended
  • 32MB is recommended for a graphical install
  • The more, the better!


  • Nearly all Linux installations are on CD media. If you don't have a CDROM drive, contact us and we'll see if we can still help.

Hard Disk Space

  • Some distributions run off of a floppy disk, but they're not usually meant for general use.
  • At a very minimum, some Linux distributions can fit in as little as 20 MB.
  • The smallest space we recommend trying to fit Linux into is 50 MB
  • For a more usable system, at least 2 GB is useful
  • The more, the better!

Input/Output Devices

  • Most styles of keyboards and mice are supported
  • Joysticks and joypads, touch pads, and many other devices are supported to varying degrees


  • Many, many video cards are supported, including some of the newer 3D accellarated cards. Bring your manuals, though!
  • Most monitors can be made to work well under Linux. Bring your manuals!


  • Most soundcards work under Linux.

Network Peripherals

  • Most Winmodems are not supported ("Winmodems" are very cheap internal modems; for info, see: Linmodems.org)
  • Other than that, we can probably figure out your modem or network card (eventually)


  • Zip drives and most tape drives are supported.
  • PalmOS devices are supported.
  • Many digital cameras and scanners are supported. If you're not sure, bring them with you and we'll see what we can do.
  • Got anything else? Ask us and we'll find out!

Note: If you're wondering to yourself why some hardware is so poorly supported under Linux, realize that this is due to the manufacturers not releasing drivers, or even specifications, for their hardware. Many companies are changing this policy and supporting Linux. On the other hand, other companies go so far as suing developers who are reverse-engineering hardware so it can be used under Linux!

For more details on supported hardware, see the Linux Hardware HOWTO!