[sf-lug] Upgrading from Ubuntu 10.10 to 12.04

Michael Shiloh michaelshiloh1010 at gmail.com
Fri Jan 4 01:42:12 PST 2013

I too have been frustrated by Ubuntu's worsening performance on older 
equipment. I use Thinkpad T60s and T61. My main reason for sticking with 
Ubuntu has been that it seems to be the default package for releasing 
applications to a very broad Linux audience i.e. not necessarily uber geeks.

Ken, is lbuntu a typo or a new variant I've not heard of? I googled but 
failed to turn anything up.

On 01/03/2013 08:33 PM, Ken Shaffer wrote:
> Hi Christian,
> I'd agree that the upgrade series would be a pain -- much more so if when
> you got to 12.04, you found you didn't like it or couldn't use it (maybe
> for performance reasons).  What if you decide you need to drop back to
> lbuntu, and are faced the app reconfig for probably all new apps anyway.
> Maybe you will decide 10.10 wasn't so bad after all, so I'd recommend a
> whole system image backup as well as just your data, so you can restore
> things to what they are now.  I'd say clean install the Ubuntu 12.04, but
> invest minimal time reconfiguring all your apps, just the most important
> ones, and see if it works for you (even if you replace Unity).  Drop back
> to Lbuntu 12.04 if things seem too slow, and bite the bullet on
> configuring/importing data for the new apps (or just install the apps you
> feel you need).
>    For older equipment, Ubuntu is less and less acceptable, with 12.04
> looking like the end of the line for my 6 yr old Compaq laptop.  I decided
> I liked Unity, but I have to run Unity 2D for performance reasons, and
> coupled with some Nvidia driver issues, things took months to fix things
> like the launch bar not appearing for mouse movements, and really slow
> window drag.   The live media Ubuntu 12.10s I've looked at made me download
> some lbuntu isos to evaluate.
>    Next time my laptop motherboard goes, I think I'll get something newer
> which gives me more choices.
> Ken
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