On one hand, hardware produced in the last few years or with an efficient architecture or machines built for a specific purpose can often work well with less. The easiest and most effective step towards a minimal install of Ubuntu is to install a lighter-weight Desktop Environment such as Xfce see Xubuntu below , LxDE see Lubuntu officially supported from For example, a netbook with an 8 GB SSD will work well although there wont be much room for saving stuff directly onto the drive so cloud storage services could help a lot. Visual Effects Visual effects provide various optional special graphical effects for your desktop to make it look and feel more fun and easier to use. For example, if you have a graphics card with only a small amount of video memory VRAM , the boot-up screen may not be shown. Most people will want to install a desktop system such as Ubuntu , Kubuntu , or Xubuntu. The bit version tends to be easier to use and runs into less problems. Page History Login to edit.