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I have a Acer aspire 4720. I wish to use Linux as a Desktop. I have used Ubuntu 8.04 very successfully on it and was very happy with it. I ungraded to Ubunty 9.04 and found it to be too slow. The windows open and close with jerks. The booting time is enormous. The HDD light keeps on for very long and makes all sorts of sounds. Inspite of the fact that I have not been able to switch on the Visual Effects. First of all i could not start it but lated when i found it so slow i gave up the idea of taxing my laptop so much. Takes ages for Firefox to close. At times the response to clicks is also delayed. There is a gnome error every other boot. Over all a very very bad experience. Now I have a 9.10 CD with me but I am wondering if I should upgrade to 9.10 or degrade to 8.04 or switch over altogether to some other distro like Mint (or any other). I am just looking for a very stable, fast and very secure Linux for me. Easy to use but without much gimmicks (if it makes things slow). Plz advise.
I would give ubuntu another chance 9.10 is at least twice as fast booting than 9.04. I believe without checking crunchbang is ubuntu based.your p.c should run ubuntu pretty fast with half the ram you've got,any how there are a lot of linux distro's I hope you have a lot of fun as I have trying as many out as I have,but I still find my way back to ubuntu lol good luck happy hunting.
Well, I was happy with 8.04 but ever since I have switched over to 9.04 its a horrible experience.
I am more bothered abt my HDD making those noises and being over taxed than anything else.
I dont like to keep changing my OS every now and then. Because I have to make a lot of configurations and install a lot of packages to make the system running as per my needs but then in a month's time if i realize that the new OS is crap and i need to change, means a loss of a lot of time.