Hi DuckHook, thank you for your response. I was beginning to resign myself to that realization. Like I said before, for now I'm happy to use ubuntu 12.04 unity 2d. And because the LTS will be supported for the next 5 years, I don't HAVE to switch to the newer releases...but it is depressing that Ubuntu is becoming less user-friendly in regards to older systems or lower specc'd computers like mine!