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iAmNaN747411dYou should be good with 1.5x your memory, so 24GB in your case. It's not a waste of space. You want to avoid a situation where OOM starts to randomly terminate processes to free up memory, because that doesn't normally end well. That should give you enough for hibernate plus normal operations.
magicMirror498611dDon't hibernate. Turn the thing off. Saves a lot of trouble in the long.
A Lot Of Trouble.
Ubuntu + hibernate can work. for a bit. then it stops working - maybe you updated the kernel, maybe some other update broke it, who knows. And you waste more time trying to fix it. Then the laptop will not return from hibernate - so you force poweroff, and start again.
And after a few times of that - the laptop does not come back, and you have to reinstall the OS. And play with the hibernation thing again....
Sage advice - turn the thing off. Long run says hibernate is not worth it.
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