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Old 11-02-2011, 04:34 PM   #1
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How hard is it to downgrade to previous version of Ubuntu?

I have come to the conclusion that the latest Ubuntu I've just upgraded to, 11.10, is just not for me. I've been having major struggles to get it to behave, and while I've been struggling, I've found out it's NOT just me, and I'm really not the only party out here that reckons that (a) they've made some awful design decisions, and are showing scant consideration for their customer-base, and (b) the release has got so many 'issues', particularly with anything but the most up-to-the-minute hardware, that the release can't realistically be regarded as a finished, fully-functional product. My PC isn't exactly stone-age technology, but Oneiric does seem to expect something with more bang. FWIW, it's an AMD Duron machine running at 1.33GHz, with just under a GB of memory, and I've given it 30GB of hard-drive to live in.

Here's my question...

I really liked Ubuntu before they did this to it, and I haven't altogether given up hope that the company might learn some lessons from what I am sure a lot of their customers are telling them at the moment. I would therefore hope that if I just wait for 12.04, things might get better again. Am I being over-optimistic? Do they have a record of being responsive to customer-feedback? If there *is* a chance, then even so, I'd prefer to downgrade in the meantime back to 10.04LTS -- is this technically do-able, or would I have to start from scratch with installing that as a "new" installation?

Otherwise, I suppose I'll be looking at Mint...
Old 11-02-2011, 04:39 PM   #2
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I don't think that it's really possible to do a downgrade easily but I think that you can disable Unity (the interface you have) and you'll have a normal interface as you used to have (
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Old 11-02-2011, 04:44 PM   #3
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It might be do able but I think if it was me I would rather do a clean install, just to make sure the old system was completely gone, I agree on the new ubuntu I have 11.04 and 11.10 i,ll see how 12.04 looks. It is possible to switch to gnome classic in 11.10
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