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Linux OS X

Ubuntu is a complete desktop Linux operating system, freely available
with both community and professional support. The Ubuntu community
is built on the ideas enshrined in the Ubuntu Manifesto: that software
should be available free of charge, that software tools should be usable
by people in their local language and despite any disabilities, and that
people should have the freedom to customize and alter their
software in whatever way they see fit.

hould allow even someone fairly new to installing Ubuntu
or Gnu&Linux to easily install a usable system with enough
room to be comfortable. A good "rule of thumb"
is that machines that could run XP, Vista, Windows 7
or x86 OS X will almost always be a lot faster with
Ubuntu even if they are lower-spec than described below.
Simply try Ubuntu CD as a LiveCD first to
check the hardware works.

Ubuntu Desktop Edition :
   1 GHz CPU (x86 processor (Pentium 4 or better))
    1 GiB RAM (system memory)
    15 GB of hard-drive space
(or USB stick, memory card or external drive
       but see LiveCD for an alternative approach)
   800 by 600 screen resolution
    Either a CD/DVD drive or a USB port for the installer media
    Internet access is helpful

Ubuntu Netbook Edition :
Since the release of ubuntu natty (11.04) the netbook
version has been unified and is now part of the
ubuntu-desktop edition, this has been done via
the unity desktop software.
You may now use the standard ubuntu desktop CD
image to install on net-books with specifications such as:

   Intel Atom processor @ 1.6 GHz
    386 MiB of system memory (RAM)
    4 GB of disk space
    Screen of 1024x600 resolution
    Graphics chipset with support for visual effects

Visual Effects :
Visual effects provide various optional special graphical effects for
your desktop to make it look and feel more fun and easier to use.
Even if your computer is powerful enough to run visual effects,
you can turn them off and will still have a usable Ubuntu desktop system.

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