I have 1GB sdram + 82.3GB hdd + 250GB hdd, as well as NvidiaGeForce2 graphics card + IDE CD/DVD-RW, Intel Pentium 4, USB 2.0, webcam in a PC Dell Optiplex GX240.
I cling to the latest version (12.10 at the time), then found the mini.iso installation method that let me try multiple distros, window and display managers, shells, docks and I have finally realized that I need to find the version of Ubuntu that is meant to run on this older hardware. Eye candy will never replace the ability to do stuff fast or do lots of stuff. I have a 10 GB song collection in need of a refiling method and it must wait on flash stick for a flexible, strong , integrated system.
I am hoping to hear from experience before going ahead. I have 12.04 mini.iso burned, md5sumed and ready; 13.04 offers upgrades on my tty´s. I am running xubuntu with Cairo-dock now but must turn off most toys as it feels like processing in a vat of molasses.
I like xfce if I get no docks, lxde with any dock and I usually prefer the Muon software centers applications so I am hoping a mini.iso is available of the version that you recommend.
Please offer your advice, I am using my computer for pleasure whilst cancer does whatever and Linux/Ubuntu has been a valuable and attention riveting asset.