I understand. I am in the same boat. I am lucky enough to play with different kinds of hardware because of my job lol. What I have at work and what I have at home are 2 different stories!
It's hardly anything to brag about, and Puppy is even better on it, but old does not equal dead. If it did I'd be dead :D
OK, I've done a lot of searching, but before I get started just let me say I wouldn't have freaked out had I not encountered a butt load of other bugs :D
It appears that the devs had planned on dropping non-PAE in 12.04, but then they decided to postpone that until 12.10. Based on this install it would appear that they changed their minds again :D
It appears to have nothing to do with the other bugs I encountered ;)
Not a pleasant experience when you're testing iso-images, along with many iso-rebuilds, and a bug causes one to look for things that are different than usual.
I have a 64-bit computer, but I always use a 32-bit Linux installation. Fewer headaches. I've never encountered something I couldn't do that required 64-bits. Performance is great. I've got 4 GB RAM in my current rig, and I don't think I've ever exceeded 2 GB or so in actual use.
Perhaps one day, when the world is completely 64-bit, it will be a more compelling choice. But for now, 32-bit works just fine for me.
http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?pag...ty_pae64&num=1 for lots of benchmarks comparing 686, 686PAE and x64. That atom is one of the few that's 64bits so who knows what improvement you'd see with a 64bit install. You must attempt it in the name of science!
Re: Why the pae kernel, avoid it by using AMD64 instead. :-)
So....if I can't buy a new laptop I can't run Ubuntu Precise Pangolin and other future versions of Ubuntu?