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== Hardware Overview ==
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== Hardware Requirements ==
  
Users often request that Fedora provide a ''hardware compatibility list'', which we have carefully avoided doing.  Why?  It is a difficult and thankless task that is best handled by the community at large than by one little Linux distribution.
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==== Processor and memory requirements for PPC Architectures====
  
However, because of our stance against closed-source hardware drivers and the problems of binary firmware for hardware, there is some additional information the Fedora Project wants to provide Fedora users.
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* Minimum CPU: PowerPC G3 / POWER3
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* Fedora {{Template:DocsDict/BeatsVer}} supports the ''New World'' generation of Apple Power Macintosh, shipped from circa 1999 onward. Although ''Old World'' machines should work, they require a special bootloader which is not included in the Fedora distribution. Fedora has also been installed and tested on POWER5 and POWER6 machines.
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* Fedora {{Template:DocsDict/BeatsVer}} supports pSeries and Cell Broadband Engine machines.
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* Fedora {{Template:DocsDict/BeatsVer}} also supports the Sony PlayStation 3 and Genesi Pegasos II and Efika.
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* Fedora {{Template:DocsDict/BeatsVer}} includes new hardware support for the P.A. Semiconductor 'Electra' machines.
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* Fedora {{Template:DocsDict/BeatsVer}} also includes support for Terrasoft Solutions powerstation workstations.
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* Recommended for text-mode: 233 MHz G3 or better, 128MiB RAM.
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* Recommended for graphical: 400 MHz G3 or better, 256MiB RAM.
  
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==== Processor and memory requirements for x86 Architectures====
  
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The following CPU specifications are stated in terms of Intel processors. Other processors, such as those from AMD, Cyrix, and VIA that are compatible with and equivalent to the following Intel processors, may also be used with Fedora.
  
=== Useful hardware information in these release notes ===
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Fedora 10 requires an Intel Pentium or better processor, and is optimized for Pentium 4 and later processors.
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* Recommended for text-mode: 200 MHz Pentium-class or better
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* Recommended for graphical: 400 MHz Pentium II or better
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* Minimum RAM for text-mode: 128MiB
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* Minimum RAM for graphical: 192MiB
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* Recommended RAM for graphical: 256MiB
  
* For 32-bit x86 - [[Docs/Beats/ArchSpecific/x86| Docs/Beats/ArchSpecific/x86]]
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* For 64-bit x86 - [[Docs/Beats/ArchSpecific/x86_64| Docs/Beats/ArchSpecific/x86_64]]
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==== Processor and memory requirements for x86_64 architectures ====
* For PowerPC - [[Docs/Beats/ArchSpecific/PPC| Docs/Beats/ArchSpecific/PPC]]
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* Minimum RAM for text-mode: 256MiB
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* Minimum RAM for graphical: 384MiB
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* Recommended RAM for graphical: 512MiB
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===== Hard disk space requirements for all architectures =====
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The complete packages can occupy over 9 GB of disk space.  Final size is entirely determined by the installing spin and the packages selected during installation.  Additional disk space is required during installation to support the installation environment. This additional disk space corresponds to the size of <code>/Fedora/base/stage2.img</code> (on Installation Disc 1) plus the size of the files in <code>/var/lib/rpm</code> on the installed system.
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In practical terms, additional space requirements may range from as little as 90 MiB for a minimal installation to as much as an additional 175 MiB for a larger installation.
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Additional space is also required for any user data, and at least 5% free space should be maintained for proper system operation.
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=== What can you do? ===
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# Get active.  Tell your hardware vendors you only want free, open source drivers and firmware
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# Use your buying power and only purchase from hardware vendors that support their hardware with open drivers and firmware.  Refer to http://www.fsf.org/resources/hw for more information.
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Revision as of 21:59, 9 February 2009

Contents

Hardware Requirements

Processor and memory requirements for PPC Architectures

  • Minimum CPU: PowerPC G3 / POWER3
  • Fedora 23 supports the New World generation of Apple Power Macintosh, shipped from circa 1999 onward. Although Old World machines should work, they require a special bootloader which is not included in the Fedora distribution. Fedora has also been installed and tested on POWER5 and POWER6 machines.
  • Fedora 23 supports pSeries and Cell Broadband Engine machines.
  • Fedora 23 also supports the Sony PlayStation 3 and Genesi Pegasos II and Efika.
  • Fedora 23 includes new hardware support for the P.A. Semiconductor 'Electra' machines.
  • Fedora 23 also includes support for Terrasoft Solutions powerstation workstations.
  • Recommended for text-mode: 233 MHz G3 or better, 128MiB RAM.
  • Recommended for graphical: 400 MHz G3 or better, 256MiB RAM.


Processor and memory requirements for x86 Architectures

The following CPU specifications are stated in terms of Intel processors. Other processors, such as those from AMD, Cyrix, and VIA that are compatible with and equivalent to the following Intel processors, may also be used with Fedora.

Fedora 10 requires an Intel Pentium or better processor, and is optimized for Pentium 4 and later processors.

  • Recommended for text-mode: 200 MHz Pentium-class or better
  • Recommended for graphical: 400 MHz Pentium II or better
  • Minimum RAM for text-mode: 128MiB
  • Minimum RAM for graphical: 192MiB
  • Recommended RAM for graphical: 256MiB


Processor and memory requirements for x86_64 architectures

  • Minimum RAM for text-mode: 256MiB
  • Minimum RAM for graphical: 384MiB
  • Recommended RAM for graphical: 512MiB
Hard disk space requirements for all architectures

The complete packages can occupy over 9 GB of disk space. Final size is entirely determined by the installing spin and the packages selected during installation. Additional disk space is required during installation to support the installation environment. This additional disk space corresponds to the size of /Fedora/base/stage2.img (on Installation Disc 1) plus the size of the files in /var/lib/rpm on the installed system.

In practical terms, additional space requirements may range from as little as 90 MiB for a minimal installation to as much as an additional 175 MiB for a larger installation.

Additional space is also required for any user data, and at least 5% free space should be maintained for proper system operation.