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Yes, but the casual user will need many GB of RAM on an i5. Any time I use my wife's laptop, it goes something like this:

Man this is slow: "top -ores"

"Hey hon, can I close any of these 4 word documents? What about the 15 webpages? No? Okay, I'll go get my laptop."

But I'd say that 6GB is probably more than adequate for casual users for the next few years. (4GB might be enough, but if we allow for crapware...) 6GB isn't top of the line, though; 8GB laptops are fairly common, and even higher capacities (i.e. 12 and 16GB) are available. I am hard pressed to exceed 6GB of memory use without resorting to methods like booting a virtual machine.

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