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I'v been on ubuntu for 5 years, since 12.04 they are changing in directions that I don't like, thus.. I just discovered Bodhi, but it's a nightmare compared to ubuntu 12.04 and the OFFICIAL help! is iffy, is there anywhere that you can get USEFULL information on how to Create Launchers on desktop, change Launcher to execute on 1 click, edit Menu etc..
The Enlightenment desktop, which Bodhi uses, is notorious for lacking documentation and having odd configuration tools (and odder defaults). Another distro that uses it, AtlasX, warns "If you don't understand a configuration tool, don't touch it!"
If you'd said what you dislike about Ubuntu, we'd have a better idea of a suitable alternative, but how about
Linux Mint: Ubuntu with bugs removed and a more traditional desktop (Mate plain or Cinnamon fancy).
Fuduntu: Independent, aimed at the home user and particularly at laptops, powerful configuration tools, Gnome desktop, very helpful forum, rolling-release without being bleeding-edge.
PCLinuxOS: Independent, KDE desktop, very helpful forum, rolling-release without being bleeding-edge, even a monthly magazine with tutorials and reviews.
SalineOS: Debian-based, Xfce desktop, nice manual and forum.
Thanks Guys/Gals for replying to my question.
Thanks for the help, I installed 'debian' (about 4 times so-far trying to get my head around it) and got some other ideas from that, which helped a lot (back to basics). I'm sorted!
I liked the suggestion of other 'distros', looking into that at present. By the way, I still have ubuntu 12.04 with a (10.04) classic-setup, and I really like the older (8/10.04 type) set-up the logic of which I could understand,. The New 'dash' is not user-friendly to 'aged' folk like me, too much learning/new-thinking.. I preferred the older way and I didn't mind a little work, this new set-up I'm find difficult, I guess I'v opted-out of the divergence... for now, at least.
My other issue is 'politics', I don't like that my activity on ubuntu is 'going to be'/being monitored for commercial abuse.
You may wish to look into Linux Mint 14. The Mate edition has a desktop that is more like the 8.10/10.04 you mentioned that you preferred. I have seen many places that refer to Mint as being "Ubuntu done right". The dvd will run live so you can test drive it a little first.
Linux Mint looks great and it's easy to use..so far. (David >2k posts, Amazing).
openSUSE was easy to install (but a bit of a mess),
openSUSE 'looks' exactly like Fedora at the front-end.
The Fedora install 'lost me' my multi-boot, this may have been my fault, as I'm no good at installations that are the slightest bit 'tech'.
I'm sticking with 'bodhi' as it has a freshness about it (whatever) I like the look/feel of it, and much of 'ubuntu 12.04' software installs without any difficulty, (Snopine <3k posts, Amazing), I took the test and I am going to look at 'slackware'.