Whats the smallest device I can currently install Linux Mint on today?

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Whats the smallest device I can currently install Linux Mint on today?

Post by Punchy71 » Tue Dec 05, 2017 11:23 am

Hi,
If I were to buy a new tablet PC with a matching keyboard or a new Netbook or some other similar NEW small, portable PC today, what would be the smallest device I could install and run Linux Mint on? Lets say I walked into a physical Best Buy store today to look at their display model hardware portable PC's, what would be the smallest that would most likely accept Linux Mint on it?
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Re: Whats the smallest device I can currently install Linux Mint on today?

Post by Mute Ant » Tue Dec 05, 2017 11:32 am

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Re: Whats the smallest device I can currently install Linux Mint on today?

Post by JoeFootball » Tue Dec 05, 2017 12:22 pm

Punchy71 wrote:... what would be the smallest device I could install and run Linux Mint on?
Define "smallest". Are you referring to physical size? If so, I would think it's not really relevant, as long as it supports the system requirements.

Currently, the system requirements for Linux Mint 18.3 are...
LinuxMint wrote:1GB RAM (2GB recommended for a comfortable usage).
15GB of disk space (20GB recommended).
1024×768 resolution (on lower resolutions, press ALT to drag windows with the mouse if they don’t fit in the screen).
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Re: Whats the smallest device I can currently install Linux Mint on today?

Post by Punchy71 » Tue Dec 05, 2017 1:50 pm

JoeFootball wrote:
Punchy71 wrote:... what would be the smallest device I could install and run Linux Mint on?
Define "smallest". Are you referring to physical size?
Yes, I'm referring to physical hardware size. By "small" I mean "most portable". So think physically compact, lightweight, and even thin hardware.

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Re: Whats the smallest device I can currently install Linux Mint on today?

Post by Punchy71 » Tue Dec 05, 2017 1:54 pm

Interesting, but not quite what I had in mind. Think more like an ultra portable Netbook or Tablet PC with detachable matching keyboard.

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Re: Whats the smallest device I can currently install Linux Mint on today?

Post by JoeFootball » Tue Dec 05, 2017 2:09 pm

Punchy71 wrote:Yes, I'm referring to physical hardware size. By "small" I mean "most portable". So think physically compact, lightweight, and even thin hardware.
As long as the device is of the x86 instruction set architecture, and meets the system requirements, I'd like to think it would run Linux Mint. I concede that I don't have any experience in doing so with anything smaller than a laptop.

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Re: Whats the smallest device I can currently install Linux Mint on today?

Post by Penn » Tue Dec 05, 2017 3:44 pm

Looking at Mate system requirements

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System requirements:

1GB RAM (2GB recommended for a comfortable usage).
15GB of disk space (20GB recommended).
1024×768 resolution (on lower resolutions, press ALT to drag windows with the mouse if they don’t fit in the screen).
The first two can easily be exceeded in a device as small as a phone (same with the minimum processor).

Physical size would seem to be a matter of what resolution the screen is capable of displaying. It says 1024x768 but smaller resolutions are possible if you both have the ability to either use an ALT key or some equivalent to move incorrectly sized windows. Since grub is a default of 800x600 I'd say if you don't mind some windows needing special attention you can go that low. So what is the smallest screen size that can do 1024x768 or 800x600? And if you want to use a tablet without a physical keyboard can it either do the same higher minimum resolution or does it have a feasible work around for lower resolution? I don't know the answer to your question but I would think the answer to those concerns would give you an idea based on what you consider to be acceptable behavior.

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