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System Requirements

Xfce runs on over 90 UNIX-like distributions. Below is a short list of the distributions that use Xfce as their primary, default Desktop Environment (DE) as well as their minimum system requirements for installation.


Xubuntu is a community‑developed, Ubuntu‑based Linux operating system. Its minimum requirements are:

  • CPU: 1.0Ghz+ (needs to support PAE)
  • RAM: 512MiB+ for Desktop/LiveCD
  • Hard drive space: 7.5GB
  • Graphics card and monitor capable of 800×600 resolution


Kwort is a slackware-based operating system featuring the Xfce4 desktop with Kwort's own Network Manager and kpkg package manager. Its minimum requirements are:

  • CPU: PC i686 or above.
  • RAM: 16MB for base system (minimum). 32MB for desktop (minimum), 64MB recommended.
  • Hard drive space: 200MB for base system, 1.5GB for full desktop (Openoffice 2.0 included)

Luit Linux

Luit Linux “is a small bootable live CD distribution based on KNOPPIX and DamnSmall Linux. Mission is to make a small compact live distribution with tools and applications for day to day needs, without compromising on its looks and feel and ease of use.” Its minimum requirements are:

  • CPU: Intel Pentium I
  • RAM: 32 Mb


Mythbuntu is “an official Ubuntu flavor focused upon setting up a standalone MythTV based PVR system.Mythbuntu uses the XFCE desktop. All unnecessary standard Ubuntu applications such as LibreOffice, Evolution, and a full Gnome desktop are not installed in a default Mythbuntu install” Its minimum requirements are:

  • CPU: 1.0 GHz x86 or x86_64 Processor
  • RAM: 512 MB of system memory (RAM)
  • Hard drive space: 2 GB of disk space (Frontend Role) / 10GB + 1.5GB/hour for storage of SD material (Backend Role)
  • Graphics card capable of 1024×768 resolution (if using VDPAU, 256MB minimum)
  • Supported TV Tuner Card (Backend Role)

Memory footprint

The following memory footprint test was obtained on an OpenSuse 11.4 notebook and this script.

  • Runlevel 3 : 33 MiB
  • Login screen with kdm4 (and no opened session) : 115 MiB
  • TWM session : 80 MiB
  • IceWM session : 83 MiB
  • Xfce 4.8 session : 133 MiB
  • KDE 4.6.0 : 280 MiB