I am going to chime in that the (listed) minimum
RAM requirements in Fedora may have more leeway than ya' might think.
I have run F14 LXDE on ridiculously
low, old Gateway towers (128 MB RAM)
of course in only terminal mode (runlevel 3
at the boot screen options), just to get started -
and then when I finally did add a couple of RAM cards into the tower,
I unbelievably could
run in the full graphical interface F14 LXDE with 356 MB RAM
Amazing . . . to me at least.
The trick - in my experience - is adding swap
and not just the appearance of swap space but a verifiable swap space using mkswap
- verified with the free -m
Now, of course I am not on that old tower, but still have my swap space.
# free -m
total used free shared buffers cached
Mem: 2757 1046 1711 0 42 381
-/+ buffers/cache: 622 2135
Swap: 499 0 499
. . . and btw, I think it is a great learning effort to use minimal RAM (when you need to, in a crunch - on old laptops or whatever),
and the constantly increasing RAM needs of the latest edge of Fedora and other linux can be sometimes a nuisance if not an outright semi-