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Old 06-12-2009, 01:12 PM   #1
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Ubuntu 8.04 and 9.04

Hi, This will show just how new a newbie I am! I have just bought a netbook running Ubuntu 8.04. I now see lots of references to 9.04. Are these separate versions or is 9.04 an upgrade to 8.04 which needs to be installed. Thanks
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Old 06-13-2009, 03:33 AM   #3
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They are separate versions (as can be read in the above referred wiki article).

8.04 is a Long Term Support version with three years support till (april?) 2011 for the desktop version and five years support till (april?) 2013 for the server version(by that time there should be a 10.4 with LTS).
9.04 is a more up-to-date version and will be supported for 18 month (oct 2010). The non-LTS versions are a little more a testground (my opinion)

There are advantages in both. If the LTS versions work for you,you do not have to worry about upgrading every 18 month. If you want support for the (more or less) latest hardware and possibly want the latest and the greatest, the non-LTS is the way to go; but in the latter case you probably will upgrade every 6 months.

I'll stick to the LTS versions (recently upgraded from6.06 to 8.04).

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If you are happy with 8.04, no need to upgrade. 8.04 is only one year old (Windows XP is 8 years old and lots of people still love it). Also chances are the preinstalled version has all the drivers and hardware support for your netbook. 9.04 may or may not support all of your hardware "out of the box" without a little bit of tweaking. (You didn't say which netbook you have, so I can't be more specific.)

That being said, it is very easy to run Ubuntu 9.04 as a "live cd" or "live usb" with no change to your computer. This would be a good way to test it out and see for yourself exactly what's the difference. Also Ubuntu now makes a "netbook remix" with big icons that a lot of netbook users seem to like.

Good luck! Ask if you have more questions.
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Thanks folks, I think I'll stick with 8.04 for a while, but at least I now have some idea of what is going on. Pete


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