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I bought a samsung laptop series 5. There are a 24gb ssd and normal hard disk. I need to install linux ubuntu on this notebook. Can I just install the ubuntu on the build-in 24gb ssd? If not, how can I use the 24gb ssd for anything?

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Yes, you can install Linux on this SSD 24Gb. Modern Unix-like Operating system requires about 5Gb of disk drive.

For example, here is a requirement for Ubuntu and other Linux OSes, they all basically take about the same space.

700 MHz processor (about Intel Celeron or better)
512 MiB RAM (system memory)
5 GB of hard-drive space (or USB stick, memory card or external drive but see LiveCD for an alternative approach)
VGA capable of 1024x768 screen resolution
Either a CD/DVD drive or a USB port for the installer media

Internet access is helpful
  • 1 GB RAM
  • 10 GB disk space
  • 64-bit only
Pentium* III 500 MHz or higher processor (Pentium 4 2.4 GHz or higher or any AMD64 or Intel64 processor recommended)
Main memory: 1 GB physical RAM (2 GB recommended)
Hard disk: 3 GB available disk space for a minimal install, 5 GB available for a graphical desktop (more recommended)
Sound and graphics cards: supports most modern sound and graphics cards, 800 x 600 display resolution (1024 x 768 or higher recommended)
Booting from CD/DVD drive or USB-Stick for installation, or support for booting over network (you need to setup PXE by yourself,

look also at PXE boot installation) or an existing installation of openSUSE, more information at Installation without CD

  • I've corrected your Fedora link, which was to the requirements for running virutalization, meaning, a system which hosts other virtual systems. The correct link for the requirements of the Fedora 20 desktop edition is here and they are: 10 GB hard drive space, 1 GB RAM, 64-bit processor. – goldilocks Jul 15 '14 at 12:04
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If low resource consumption matters for you, you could decide to install LUbuntu which is explicitly designed for being lightweight. That's why I like it.

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