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Old 01-08-2009, 07:08 AM   #1
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I would like to turn to Ubuntu (was a user of RH) Which version would you suggest to start with? Thanks and happy new year...
Old 01-08-2009, 07:14 AM   #2
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As far asI am concerned the only version I would start with is 8.04, I have been using it since it come out and have never (touch wood) a real problem with and when I do this forum helps alot
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Which version would you suggest to start with?
I would suggest the latest version?
Old 01-08-2009, 07:30 AM   #4
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8.04 is LTS

Originally Posted by leeley211 View Post
As far asI am concerned the only version I would start with is 8.04, I have been using it since it come out and have never (touch wood) a real problem with and when I do this forum helps alot
From my experience any distro has a learning curve. My experience with Ubuntu upgrades has overall been very good, but I have found a little more stability with their LTS (long term support) releases. 8.04 is LTS, and the latest is not. You will have to upgrade within a year and a half, whereas you get three years with LTS.

Of course none of what I said holds water if you are absolutely clambering for the latest version, latest graphics do-dads, apps, and so on.
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Which version?

I would recommend that you go with 8.04 as well. The LTS version will give you more time on the same version to work with and learn the system. The version upgrade task with non-LTS versions means that every 6 months, for the most part, you will be trying to upgrade the OS. With LTS this is only done once every three years. Doing non-LTS upgrades was a great learning experience but it got a little old after doing it so many times.
From another perspective though is that if you go with 8.10 and do the version upgrades until the next LTS version comes out you will learn about upgrading the OS and will get more experience. Then when you get the LTS version you can slip into upgrades only to LTS version.
Finally, I would recommend that during the install you make a separate /home partition so that in the future you can upgrade easily and retain all of your files and settings from the /home directory. Of course, as always, you should back up all important data when you do upgrades no matter which way you decide to go.
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LTS (8.04) does sound like a good default unless you happen to be running some brand new hardware. 8.10 simply does not offer all that many innovations (although I must admit that it tends to cope better with certain sound cards than the LTS release).


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