[SOLVED] to update, or not to update? that is my question...
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to update, or not to update? that is my question...
I'm currently running Ubuntu 9.10 on my HP Pavilion laptop. It's an older laptop (bought it in early 2005) so when I use any newer distro's my Intel chipset doesn't want to support it as far as graphics are concerned. Because of this I don't want to update because I don't feel I'm getting the most that Ubuntu has to offer as far as compiz and things like that. The only problem is I keep getting a pop up saying that my version of Linux is no longer supported and that I should update. Do I have to update? Does anyone suggest I should update? Also, are there any newer distro's of Linux other than Ubuntu that could run on an older laptop like mine? One that would still enable me to use all the functionality but still be able to get all the updates and such? Thanks for any help, I really appreciate it.
Your hardware really isn't that old, so I'm not sure what the issue there would be. I have run Ubuntu on machines older than that with no problems, certainly.
If it is an issue of the Intel GPU, then you probably just need to figure out the proper drivers to use. What is the specific model?
As for the need to update, as long as you are doing the security updates you don't really need to update the entire system. I don't know off hand if 9.10 is one of their LTS (Long Term Support) versions, so I'm not sure how long the security updates are good for.
Simple answer: Ubuntu 9.10 is no longer supported, you will get no bugfixes, no security updates and will have problems to run newer software on it. There are plenty of distributions that are specifically aimed at older hardware, but in short: any distro should run when you don't go for the heavy desktop environments like Unity, Gnome or KDE. You can, if you want to stay in the Ubuntu family, use a recent version of Xubuntu or Lubuntu, or you go for a different distro with a more lightweight desktop environment, like XFCE, Enlightenment or LXDE, or some of the many WMs out there, like IceWM, one of the *boxes, JWM or a tiling WM.
So, short version: Use a recent and supported distro.
You could also point your browser to distrowatch.com and download a handful of liveCD distros (opensuse, knoppix, pclinuxos, etc) and give them a try. Check out their hardware detection and configuration abilities, as well as their graphical apps such as compiz.
I've tried xfce (xubuntu) and pclinux, xubuntu gave me some trouble with my wireless card and when fishing through the threads I kept running into using ndiswrapper and then installing the windows driver. I didn't really want to go down that road so I decided to check out pclinix, it was OK but it was having some trouble rendering for my screen size. I'm not sure what was going on there so I didn't get too far into that either. I'm going to try kubuntu 11.04 once the disc burns, but I have tried that before and I was having some issues getting the feel for it. It was more personal preferences though rather than actual hardware/software issues. I figure if I tweak with it long enough, I'll get it to where I like it. Thank you for all the info though, it's been kind of cool checking out all these other distro's. Anyway, til next time...