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Thread: Lucid 10.04LTS user - what should I move to?

  1. #11
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    Re: Lucid 10.04LTS user - what should I move to?

    For some reason I'm yet to discover, I didn't like Mint. I know that usability, stability and ease of use are fundamental for a good system, but I don't leave look & feel far behind and I find Mate desktop basically ugly and I've tried to change the theme and all, but I failed.

    I tried Gnome 3.8 which comes with the classic gnome and I enjoyed it. I don't know what are the reasons that make you want to stay with the old gnome, but if I were you, I'd run Ubuntu 13 with the - yet not officially released - gnome classic in a virtual machine.

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    Re: Lucid 10.04LTS user - what should I move to?

    I've seen a lot of people in your position asking this question over the last couple years since Ubuntu dropped GNOME. I've never been a GNOME user, but I went through pretty much the same thing back in 2008 when distros started droppping KDE3 in favor of KDE 4 (which in 2008 was *not* ready for primetime). I went through about 3 or 4 desktop environments (including some cobbled together from a-la-carte components) before making my peace with KDE 4 (though I've since moved on, but that's not important). Here's some general advice I have based on this experience.

    - Right now you want to preserve a computing experience that works for you and that you like. Nothing wrong with that in the short term, but on the long term you will need to change. The gnome2 experience is just not going to live on forever. It's better to work towards changing on your own terms than be forced into it at some inopportune moment down the road.

    - Observe your use of the computer, and take note of things that bother you or slow down your workflow. Ask yourself what's most important to you: speed, stability, features, ease of use, looks, power, etc. Rather than judging new environments by their similarity to what you've used before, judge them by how well they meet your actual expressed needs.

    - Accept that anything will have a learning curve, and anything new will have at least a couple features that aren't as good as what you had.

    - A desktop environment tends to be a long-term relationship. Consider where a given project is *going*, not just where it currently *is*. What is Mate going to be in five years? What is KDE 5 going to be? What is Unity going to be like in 16.04?

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    Re: Lucid 10.04LTS user - what should I move to?

    Give 12.04 a proper chance. Unity is different to Gnome 2 of course, but a great desktop for people who prefer to use their computer instead of ducking around with it.
    I try to treat the cause, not the symptom. I avoid the terminal in instructions, unless it's easier or necessary. My instructions will work within the Ubuntu system, instead of breaking or subverting it. Those are the three guarantees to the helpee.

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    Re: Lucid 10.04LTS user - what should I move to?

    I was in the same position about six months ago and tried numerous distros. Finally settling on Xubuntu 12.04, customizing it to fit my needs. Customization is simple and once familiar only takes about 20 minutes (for my system - including themes). My family have also switched to Xubuntu and the only issue was Thunar (file manager), which we've since changed to Nautilus.

    Xubuntu 12.04 is fast and has been extremely stable on all our systems. I tend to be minimalist and don't clutter my desktop with icons. However, other family members typically use their systems in a more conventional manner and have been very pleased with Xubuntu's XFCE DE. After testing for almost 2 months on both a desktop & laptop of multiple distros, it was a unanimous decision.

    I refuse to bash or malign any other distro or DE (including Unity), as my preferences/choices are strictly based on my own needs and not those of others. IMHO it's one of the true benefits of Linux - Choice.

    Phil Airtime
    Good luck with whichever choice you decide on. Keeping in mind that it's your system and what works for you is important, not what others think. I suggest you try a few preferred distros for "period of time" and then make your own decision. Basing said decision on your systems performance and which distro best fits your needs. Don't hurry, as you stated: "I like to take something on and stick with it for as long as possible".

    Just my $0.02
    "All change is not growth, as all movement is not forward."
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    Re: Lucid 10.04LTS user - what should I move to?

    Quote Originally Posted by Phil Airtime View Post
    And Kubuntu with the latest KDE is a good distro, but a bit too much of a step change.
    right click the K and select classic menu. continue from there.

    i installed it, set it up and left it. i am mor einterested in applciaitons and appreciate when the OS get's out of the way.

    why not Unity? because it seems aimed at searches and keyboard, while i use mostly mouse. in fact we even have one of those tables where keyboard is in a drawer under the table and mouse is mostly use there for browsing and such.
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    Re: Lucid 10.04LTS user - what should I move to?

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    Re: Lucid 10.04LTS user - what should I move to?

    Another vote for Xubuntu 12.04. It's fast on my old Dell, easy to use, "parent-friendly," and easily configured. Relax and enjoy.

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