I used to use Ubuntu 9.10 on this laptop, and it ran well with wobbly windows and was pretty smooth. I also really liked how easy it was to customize from the settings menu. However, since support ended for that, I've been dealing with 11.10 (I think), and it's not working too well for me. It lags horrendously when performing basic tasks (it's an old laptop, I only use it for word processing, light programming and surfing the interwebs), and I can't work out how to install new icon themes, change parts of the theme, write my own login screen (like I could on 9.10) et cetera. I'm using GNOME, by the way. I figured how to get everything changed on KDE but I don't really like KDE to be honest. Is there any distro like Ubuntu 9.10, or will I have to write my own? Or is there a way I can somehow have 9.10 with continued support? I tried looking for recent distros that might work, but they all make use of GNOME 3, and on this laptop that doesn't even load.