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5.2. x86 Specifics for Fedora

This section covers any specific information you may need to know about Fedora Core and the x86 hardware platform.

5.2.1. x86 Hardware Requirements

In order to use specific features of Fedora Core during or after installation, you may need to know details of other hardware components such as video and network cards. Processor and Memory Requirements
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 Core.
  • Minimum: Pentium-class — Fedora Core is optimized for Pentium 4 CPUs, but also supports earlier CPUs such as Pentium, Pentium Pro, Pentium II, Pentium III, and compatible AMD and VIA processors. Fedora takes this approach because Pentium-class optimizations actually result in reduced performance for non-Pentium class processors. In addition, scheduling for Pentium 4 processors, which make up the bulk of today's processors, is sufficiently different to warrant this change.
  • Recommended for text-mode: 200 MHz Pentium-class or better
  • Recommended for graphical: 400 MHz Pentium II or better
  • AMD64 processors (both Athlon64 and Opteron)
  • Intel processors with Intel® Extended Memory 64 Technology (Intel® EM64T)
  • Minimum RAM for text-mode: 128MiB
  • Minimum RAM for graphical: 192MiB
  • Recommended for graphical: 256MiB Hard Disk Space Requirements
The disk space requirements listed below represent the disk space taken up by Fedora Core after the installation is complete. However, additional disk space is required during the 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 an "everything" installation. The complete packages can occupy over 9 GB of disk space.
Additional space is also required for any user data, and at least 5% free space should be maintained for proper system operation.