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    Why 14.04lts?

    We have 2 computers using ubuntu 12.04 lts. Love the fact that I can run in gnome too. Sorry to see the cloud go bye bye loved that feature. Will you still be able to use gnome classic?

    So what is the advantage of Ubuntu 14.04lts

    does anyone know?

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    Re: Why 14.04lts?

    A fair few benefits including:

    • New versions of many applications
    • Newer kernel
    • Long support (after the previous LTS support has ended)


    Having said that 12.04LTS has support to 2017 so don't feel compelled to upgrade...
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    Re: Why 14.04lts?

    Hi there!

    The main advantages of Trusty (14.04) are that you'll get tons of very useful updates and general polish of both the Unity desktop and the underlying components of the system. Your machine will most likely be running faster, smoother and with less temperature thanks to the improvements of the graphics stack.

    As for the Gnome Panel thing, see THIS THREAD. As a summary, like the OP says, the Gnome Panel session is still supported, but only the Metacity session works at the moment (No Effects). For some reason, Compiz refuses to work with this version. Testing is still being done in this regard.

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    Re: Why 14.04lts?

    As to the gnome-classic question, if it is supported at all in 14.04 LTS, you can't count on it being supported in future releases. One remedy is to install the MATE desktop, along with Ubuntu (not instead of, it doesn't function all by itself). It is a fork that preserves the features of gnome-classic. Sure, it also adds its own utilities such as a text editor, file manager and such, but you're not forced to use them.

    Each version of the MATE desktop matches one specific Ubuntu version, so make sure you download/install the correct one. You can find out more on the MATE site.
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    Re: Why 14.04lts?

    The gnome classic feature doesn't matter to me ... I use kde and lxde ... but lack of support fot it may be a problem for others.

    For me it's mostly about hardware support. I want an lts unless it works noticeably worse on that than later versions. It's highly unlikely that newer versions have features worth having to probably do re configuring when newer versions come out.

    On my laptop running kubuntu 12.04, I have no intention of doing a release upgrade until it's no longer supported in 2017. Everything works now.

    On my netbook running lubuntu 13.10, the cedarview video works better in 13.04 and later than it did in 12.04. The wireless was a real pain in 12.04 but the open source kernel driver has been gradually getting better. The latest kernel backport works better than ever but I have to recompile it when I get a kernel update. I think the next release will work without jiggering if it's 3.12.2-1 based.

    So on the netbook I'm eagerly awaiting the 14.04 lts. I'm getting a little tired of installing backports for the wireless.

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    Re: Why 14.04lts?

    Quote Originally Posted by rosswmcgee View Post
    We have 2 computers using ubuntu 12.04 lts. Love the fact that I can run in gnome too. Sorry to see the cloud go bye bye loved that feature. Will you still be able to use gnome classic?

    So what is the advantage of Ubuntu 14.04lts

    does anyone know?
    Unity 7 is faster and more configurable OOTB than Unity 5 is
    Plus of course, as others have noted, you get later versions of kernel and programs.

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    Re: Why 14.04lts?

    Why not? everything would be better, this is Ubuntu not Windows lol (Win 8 anyone?)

    Just one thing, please make sure you first test drive using the Live CD/USB and then make the final decision of installing it.
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    Re: Why 14.04lts?

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    Re: Why 14.04lts?

    Ubuntu releases a Long Term Support (LTS) Release every 2 years. It means that Ubuntu will install on the latest hardware because the developers have built Ubuntu on the latest Linus kernels.

    A person may find that although 12.04 is still supported until 2017 it may not be compliant with the hardware that comes on the market between now and then. Ubuntu 12.04 has had 4 updates to the Linux hardware stack over the last two years. It will not get any more updates to the hardware stack because we can get the latest hardware stack from 14.04.

    By the way, In 14.04 we install gnome-session-flashback if we want that certain look. We then get two additional login session options, Gnome Flashback (Compiz) and Gnome Flashback (Metacity).

    The latest Gnome Classic is actually a Gnome 3 Shell extension so it is better suited for Ubuntu Gnome which uses Gnome 3 Shell than Ubuntu+Unity. Of course, we can install what we like but do not expect good results. The last time I tried gnome-session-flashback on Ubuntu Gnome 14.04 it did not work too well. But on Ubuntu+Unity Gnome Flashback does its stuff.

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    Re: Why 14.04lts?

    The Mate (Gnome 2 Fork) desktop is included in the 14.04 repository if your looking for a Classic desktop other than flashback . Unity has come a very long way for those who enjoy it. Drop Box has turned out to be an excellent replacement for Ubuntu One for my purposes .
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