View Full Version : [ubuntu] Upgrading/fresh installing from 10.04 to 12.04 dilemma (Tips and advice welcome)

November 22nd, 2012, 10:50 PM
Am a newbie so apologises if my brevity.

Currently running 10.04 LTS on my Dell Latitude 131L and am pondering whether it is worth the upgrade / fresh install to go to 12.04 LTS so can get the 5 years of support plus latest stuff or stay on 10.04 due to lack of power specification on my laptop and just wait until they fix all the problems on a future 12.04 LTS version.

The brief specification for the Dell Latitude 131L as follows.
AMD Turion 64 Mobile 1.6
1GB Ram (Although could consider upgrading to 2GB)
ATI Radeon Xpress 1150 256MB Graphics card
60GB Hard Drive

Probably that's enough but can give more if necessary.

If anyone has a Dell Latitude 131L to similar or same specifications as my machine and done the upgrade / fresh install to 12.04 then feel free to share their thoughts on how it is running.

Also if people recommend to upgrade / fresh install. Which is better and is there anything I need to be aware of or need to do so I do not do anything belly up.

Hope can someone help. Thanks in advance!

November 22nd, 2012, 10:56 PM
12.04 already has the first point release .1 out, so it's actually 12.04.1 LTS and I expect most "urgent" things noticed in 12.04 are sorted out in 12.04.1.

The first step would be to get the ISO and burn a cd from it, boot the laptop in live mode and see how it goes.

As for installing, if you decide to do that, a clean install is always better than an upgrade, but it depends what type of software are you running, how easily it can be reinstalled on the new 12.04.1, etc.

November 22nd, 2012, 11:47 PM
I was big fan of upgrades,but now I will say do fresh install.And yes,as darkod said it depends of packages you have installed on 10.04.

November 23rd, 2012, 01:00 AM
Install 12.04 on a USB flash drive and see how you like it, before upgrading.