I've installed 12.04 32bit desktop edition on my old Dell Optiplex. Just to give it a little more poke, I have added a Radeon HD 5450 video card. All this works, expect the performance is well, less that staggering.

I notice that when I look at System Details is says 'Graphic: VESA' even though I have the latest catalyst driver 12.6 installed.

if i type 'echo $DESKTOP_SESSION' i get 'ubuntu' which would suggest that all is well

Is this normal, or have I done something wrong?


if i do 'echo $DESKTOP