Originally Posted by daer119
Hi, I'm new to Ubuntu and I have an old cd with Ubuntu 8.04 on it. That's what I'm running right now. The update manager says I can upgrade to 10.04
is it okay just to keep using 8.04 version?
Just to add, Ubuntu 8.04 support expired last year so it is recommended you upgrade, either by iso or through upgrading with synaptic/apt-get.
10.04 is still supported but ends in April next year. If you want to stay with Ubuntu, i suggest you download the 12.04 version iso and install that. This is another long term support version which if you've stuck with 8.04 for this long, i'm pretty sure you're like me and not interested in upgrading your operating system every six months, which is why i suggest that version and not the latest, 12.08.
Before jumping in and downloading the iso, there's one more thing you should think about. Ubuntu 8.04 uses the Gnome2 desktop environment. Ubuntu has changed since then and now sport the Unity desktop environment. If you would like to continue using your computer the way you've been used to, you will want to look into the Mate desktop environment. I don't think Ubuntu has a Mate edition, but Linux Mint does, and it's basically just Ubuntu anyways, so i suggest you get your self an iso of Linux Mint 13, Maya, Mate edition. Once you've that, follow the instructions Frankbell has posted.