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As a general guide, any recent PC will be more than enough to run PCLinuxOS.
Requirements in detail
- Processor :
64bit Modern Intel or AMD processor.
- Hard Disk Space :
15 GB free space recommended (more if you plan to install additional software from our repository).
- RAM :
Minimum 2 GB of RAM. More (4 GB+) will give better performance.
- Video card :
Any modern video chipset from NVIDIA, ATI/AMD, Intel.
- Sound card :
Any Sound Blaster, AC97 or HDA compatible card.
- Removable Storage :
A CD or DVD drive.
Flash drives can also be used to install, with PCLinuxOS-LiveUSB script just for this purpose.
- Network card :
Generally any on-board network card will suffice.
- Internet :
A high speed internet connection is recommended for performing any updates / software installations as necessary.
Community editions of PCLinuxOS which use lightweight desktops, such as LXDE, XFCE, are available. These do not have nearly as heavy hardware requirements as the KDE version.
- MATE is considerably lighter than KDE and will run very nicely in the minimum 2 GB of RAM recommended.
- XFCE is somewhat in the middle, being much lighter than KDE so can run quite easily on smaller amounts of RAM, but not as light as LXDE.
- Similarly, hard drive space requirements are also considerably lower, especially with the "mini" versions.
A Word on Internet Connections
A broadband connection is recommended for best performance. You can use a dial-up connection, but performance will be noticeably slower. Connections through wireless 3G or 4G will perform well with PCLinuxOS.
However, be sure to consult the terms of service with your cellular provider before running applications that transfer large amounts of data such as Synaptic, to see if you can run such applications or to prevent bill shock.