Canonical Rolls Out Ubuntu 14.04

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erweber

I am willing to install Linux in my old currently running WinXp PC, and use it in a daily basis for acessing the internet, sending e-mails, editing text documents and listen to music. And I'd like to do it all confortably, without lag, if possible

My big question, after what OpenSauce said is, what version of Ubuntu would be better suited for my PC?

It is an Intel Dual Core Processor, 1,5Gb RAM and 256 (512 shared) of video memory. Regular IDE HD.

I know you can recommend other distributions, but I'd like to stay with Ubuntu, even If I have to use an older version. (It's the only distribution I am familiar with)

Thank you

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gshawn60

I would try Lubuntu or Xubuntu. Zorin OS is also a variant of Ubuntu and has some cool features. This way if one will not work another might. I have an old HP that uses Lubuntu. The HP is an old P3-T 1.2 Ghz 768mb ram and an old ATi Rage 2 card. My AMD 2500+ has a gig of ram and a ATi All in wonder 9600 with 128mb ram and ran Zorin OS before I put it into storage. I need to pull it out and put my repair manuals on USB thumb drives. My ACER laptop is closer to your spec runs Ubuntu right now, but I may change it to Zorin or Lubuntu to speed it up a bit. It used to run Vista.

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OpenSauce

Okay this drives me insane. People who think the only distro of Linux is Ubuntu. Given Ubuntu has it's time and place. Though when someone compares Ubuntu 14.04 to XP it gives me insight into the fact that they don't know much about Linux at all. Ask anyone who is semi versed in Linux and they will tell you that computers that run XP are not likely to run anything from release 12.04 on very well. The system requirements have gone up on Ubuntu. But hold on that does not mean there are no options. There are some great options! Bodhi, CrunchBang, Lubuntu and Puppy distros are all much better suited to the hardware that would be seen on an older XP machine. Personally I would recommend Bodhi or Lubuntu, Puppy Linux is even more stripped down and will work on old PIII systems with 128MB RAM and 20GB hard drives, and even though it can be installed it is designed to boot and run from a USB stick.

Some other great distros include, Mint, Gentoo, Slackware, OpenSUSE, Arch, Fedora, Mageia, Sabayon, Knoppix (LXDE), Korora, Sparky, Pear, OpenIndianna, OpenSolaris, and 100's more... There are so many distros and each one tailored to each type of system's and user's skillsets and needs.

Also two distros that really warrant careful consideration for everyone are kid's based Linux distros. Edubuntu and Qimo help educate kids in math, physics, reading, puzzle games, astronomy, electronics, memory games, typing, art, history and so much more. Qimo is my personal favorite because of the XFCE desktop environment which is very lightweight. So it can install on a very old machine that does not cost a lot. After all you don't want your kid spilling juice on a $500 laptop do you?

For best performance with Ubuntu 14.04 I would recommend a minimum of a dual core processor, 2GB RAM, 512MB graphics memory or more, and at least a SATA II hard drive.

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gshawn60

I have tried Puppy Linux and many other open OSes versions out there. Well, I keep finding my way back to Ubuntu, Lubuntu, and Zorin OS. What can I say, but I like them so far. I learned how to run Apples in grade school, then the Commodore that I personally hated, DOS that I still know some commands, Windows 3.1, Windows 9x series, OS 7.5, OS 8, XP, Windows 7. What I learned was change is great, but preference is better. Unfortunately, I had a fight with 8 to get into the settings as the side options would close faster than I could select my option, then the crowded look it has for program selecting. Yes Unity was a bet annoying at first. It is like the difference of slowly getting in a pool and jumping in when you're hot and the pool is cool. My Linux preferences are Zorin OS, Ubuntu, and Lubuntu.Then again I liked Lindows that changed their name to Linspire befor that crappy Xandros took it over. Did not like Red Hat, Opensuse, Fedora, Puppy Linux, Solaris, and a bunch of the others both current and old. Before you go too insane, we all have our likes and dislikes. The more likes, the more we like to use. The less we like the less we tend to use unless one has too.

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Benjo

Ubuntu was a good replacement for XP several years ago. Alas as hardware requirements went up with each release I resorted to going with lighter Linux distros. Went back to XP as it was far easier and quicker to set up from scratch.

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rawrnomnom

I recently picked up a used ultrabook on ebay and thought I'd give ubuntu a try. So far so good. I'll always be using Windows for Games and for work, but I love running linux on my little ultrabook.

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PCWolf

Seems that the Linux crowd is going to get their Semi-Version of Windows 8 as they try to get it to look the same on Computers & Tablets. But Seriously, Linux will never replace Windows XP. Or any version of Windows for that matter. Most people who abandon Windows get a Mac.

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Bucket_Monster

So does Linux finally support Atheros network adapters? My motherboard has yet to be able to connect to the internet via its ethernet port. If I want to use Linux and go online, I have to use my separate wifi card I installed. Fairly annoying that I have to resort to that. I don't know the exact details, but for whatever reason they have never made Linux compatibility drivers. Probably not the fault of Linux itself, but the end result is still annoying.

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gshawn60

Well, not all of them. It also depends on how new the OS is. Best to try a live version off a CD or Thumb drive to see if it does. Linux is a bit behind on some drivers, and compatibility drivers do not always work.I can only commit on the one old laptop card I have.

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PCWolf

Linux is a lot like Apple. Only select hardware will work with it due to Driver Issues. It's the price you pay for using Linux.

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Indian-Art

I strongly recommend getting to know so many features by using the Ubuntu manual: http://ubuntu-manual.org/downloads

It is for the previous version but it definitively serves the purpose for learning about the numerous features of this great OS.

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Indian-Art

I strongly recommend getting to know so many features by using the Ubuntu manual: http://ubuntu-manual.org/downloads

It for the previous version but it definitively serves the purpose for learning about the numerous features of this great OS.

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Scatter

"All in all, Canonical feels, 14.04 LTS has enough to be a good replacement for Windows XP"

Is that supposed to be praise or criticism?

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AFDozerman

My only complaint is that there still is no Mir to play with. I'm really interested in Linux without the scourge that is X. Oh well. Otherwise, it's a great distro and the best version of Ubuntu so far.

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cj100570

I've been an Ubuntu user since 2005 and I absolutely love this release. It's as polished as its contemporaries from Apple and Microsoft. Over the years I have converted a few Windows users over to Ubuntu and I imagine there will be more converts with the death of XP and the release of Trusty.