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AOSC OS System Requirements for ARMv7/AArch64 Devices

This page provides some general information and suggestions, in hope that it may aid in your choice from various AOSC OS variants provided for ARMv7 and AArch64 systems. Device-specific support will not be discussed here, only processor, memory, display, GPU, and storage requirements are provided below.

Moreover, development, and container variants not intended for installation are not discussed here.


AOSC OS is provided with the following installable and bootable variants, each with their own features and implications on their system requirements. System requirements may vary greatly between different variants, but processor requirements are known for each architecture (although suggestions will be provided for each variant for ideal experience):

And provided with the following variants:


This variant of AOSC OS is intended for non-graphical and minimal installation, users are provided with basic tools for system management, text editing, network connection, and Internet connectivity support. This variant is suitable for server configuration with additional software packages installed.


GNOME, with its GNOME Shell interface, is a fully featured desktop environment with relatively high demand on processor, memory, and GPU. Not many ARM devices are capable of running GNOME smoothly.


A fork of GNOME 2, therefore less taxing on graphic card (GPU), this is not a lightweight desktop environment, however. ARMv7 boards like the Raspberry Pi 2 can run MATE Desktop just fine. MATE Desktop is built against GTK+ 3, a working GPU with 2D acceleration may boost desktop performance dramatically.


XFCE is a relatively lightweight, and fully modular desktop environment. XFCE has a smaller memory footprint, and takes less storage space. XFCE is based on GTK 3, thus its system requirements are similar to those of MATE Desktop.


LXDE is lighter (yet) than XFCE, also fully modular, and based on GTK+ 3, performance shouldn't be an issue on most ARM devices/systems, recommended for energy saving and higher-workload configurations.