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drmjh 05-29-2011 09:06 AM

I unfortunately succumbed to the lure of the latest and greatest and upgraded from a wonderfully stable, great version of Ubuntu 10.04 LTS to the -how shall I say- adventurous beta release of Ubuntu 11.04.
My question is, I think, simple. Is it advisable to downgrade to the last 10.04 LTS ver.? I have my personal data saved. I run a dual boot with an old copy of Windows which I use once a year to do my taxes on.
What issues might I face if I attempt this?
Thank you in advance for you help.

andrewthomas 05-29-2011 09:14 AM

If what you want to attempt is a re-install of 10.04, then no, you should have no problems.

If what you want to attempt is to downgrade using aptitude, apt-get or synaptic, then yes, I do foresee problems.

drmjh 05-29-2011 09:53 AM

The operative word here , I gather, is re-install.
I don't recall seeing that as an option in the various mirror sites. I'm guessing that 'Install' would be the more likely offering. Will I be asked if I want to preserve my Windows partition? This is an ancient Windows version and I no longer have a disk to re-install it.

TobiSGD 05-29-2011 10:02 AM

The installation will be exactly the same as the last time you installed 10.04, so you should be somewhat familiar with it. Simplest way to preserve your Windows:
1. Boot into Windows and delete all Linux partitions.
2. Start from your install CD.
3. When it comes to partitioning let Ubuntu use the free space.
4. Done.

drmjh 05-29-2011 02:43 PM

I shall have to depend on an on-line download. I take all my linux discs to the public library and donate them. I subscribe to a Ubuntu publication and so get a fair number of them, over time. Though they disappear rapidly, there is still not a LUG group nearby. Anyway, the short answer is that I don't have a disc for Ub. 10.04 LTS. anymore.
It sounds like trying to do this by downloading is more precarious.
BTW, my brain is 75.50 Yrs. old. I do good to remember what I had for breakfast ;-)

MTK358 05-29-2011 02:46 PM

If Unity is all you don't like about Ubuntu 11.04, then you could just install another desktop (Xfce can be made quite similar to GNOME 2).

drmjh 05-29-2011 03:35 PM

Actually, I don't really know what it is I don't like. The issue is that 'many' but not all calls are abysmally slow. Typing an email in gmail for instance is so slow that I use my wife's computer to do this. Every 'call', such as REPLY, or Archive or scroll down etc. is a study in slow motion.
I am not alone with this problem; there are plenty of similar complaints out there but very few answers.

MTK358 05-29-2011 03:46 PM

Maybe using a lighter desktop might fix that, too. It's easy and worth a try. To install Xfce, try this:


apt-get install xfce4
It should now be available as a choice when you log in.

drmjh 05-29-2011 04:12 PM

That was a good tip and it solved a good portion of the problem. Opening and closing tabs in FF and web browsing in general is about back to normal.
however, the gmail problem remains. viz. 9 sec. to open a new 'compose mail' 4 sec to archive and 4 sec. to go from in-box to sent-mail. But. the response time from keyboard depress and appearance on the monitor is back to normal.
I can live with it now! It will all straighten out sometime in the near future.
Thanks for your patience and your help.

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