Hardware requirements

Minimal hardware

Verify that your hardware meets the requirements of your Calculate flavour.

Depending on your needs you might manage with less system resources than recommended in the table below. However, most users risk being unpleasantly surprised if they ignore these suggestions.

As can be seen, it is possible to run a graphical desktop environment on older or low-end computers. In this case, we recommend installing a desktop environment that uses less RAM and CPU than KDE; XFCE seems a good choice.

Calculate Linux Desktop KDE

CPU i686 or newer (Intel Pentium Pro and higher, AMD Athlon and above)
RAM 1 GB
Disk space 7.5 GB
Swap usually not less than the RAM size

Calculate Linux Desktop Cinnamon

CPU i686 or newer (Intel Pentium Pro and higher, AMD Athlon and above)
RAM 1 GB
Disk space 7.5 GB
Swap usually not less than the RAM size

Calculate Linux Desktop MATE

CPU i686 or newer (Intel Pentium Pro and higher, AMD Athlon and above)
RAM 512 MB
Disk space 7.5 GB
Swap usually not less than the RAM size

Calculate Linux Desktop XFCE

CPU i686 or newer (Intel Pentium Pro and higher, AMD Athlon and above)
RAM 512 MB
Disk space 7.5 GB
Swap usually not less than the RAM size

Calculate Directory Server

CPU i686 or newer (Intel Pentium Pro and higher, AMD Athlon and above)
RAM 256 MB
Disk space 7.5 GB
Swap usually not less than the RAM size

Requirements for RAM or disk space may increase depending on the type of tasks performed.