Originally Posted by pongopete
Hi again 273, I am getting a little more confident now but only with "Ubuntu". My next question to you is ::- The laptop which I have installed ubuntu on is an Acer aspire which had windows home installed as standard it only has 40gig hard drive and 500 meg RAM the hard disc is partitioned 50/50 and I am running Ubuntu alongside windows. The version I have is 11.10 I think and it is no longer supported. Which version do you reccomend me to upgrade to? Thanks in anticipation Pete
You are right, 11.10 is not longer supported.
I wouldnt install standard ubuntu. Unity (optional in 11.04, standard from 11.10 onward) is not my sort of thing, and it doesnt run well on low RAM systems.
If you want a ubuntu version that run better on low RAM systems there is- lubuntu (uses Lxde desktop), xubuntu (uses Xfce desktop) or bodhi (uses enlightment E17 desktop).
Xfce/xubuntu would be the closest to the gnome desktop on linpus.
If you do go for a ubuntu or ubuntu version with a different desktop, in most cases get 12.04. While normal ubuntu 12.04 has 5 years support, xubuntu 12.04 only has 3, and lubuntu 12.04 only 18 months. Lubuntu 12.04 isnt worth installing now IMO. I'm not sure about bodhi support length....but its probably harder to get used to than the other desktops anyway.
12.10 only has 18 months support, 13.04 and all 'non'LTS' vesions from then on only 9 months.
Ubuntu 'LTS' (long term support) versions come out every 2 years- 10.04 was one (its out of support now), 12.04 is the current version, ther next one will be 14.04.
If you're got a netbook with intel graphics and dont use wireless netowrking or your wireless chip is open source friendly, there is no real advantage of using ubuntu or anything based on ubuntu (eg linux mint) over stock standard debian. You can install debian with the Lxde and Xfce desktops as well.