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    Ubuntu 12.04 or 13.04?

    I do like the look of ubuntu and would be using it along with windows
    my computer is:

    Processor: AMD Athlon II X2 240e 2.80 GHz
    RAM: 4GB
    64-bit

    My question is, which Ubuntu do I pick, I am leaning towards 13.04 but is the 9 months support a bad thing? And are the differences that big?
    I'm looking to use it predominantly to just help and go along with my phone (HTC Sensation)
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    Re: Do I pick Ubuntu 12.04 or 13.04

    Welcome to the Ubuntu Forums

    I suggest that you install 12.04 LTS with support until April 2017. By now it is well debugged and polished, and the support for your hardware is probably better than that of 13.04. You can also consider installing the point release 12.04.2 and avoid a lot of update/upgrade work.

    I am running 12.04 LTS on a similar machine (with an Asus mobo and a slightly slower CPU).

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    Re: Do I pick Ubuntu 12.04 or 13.04

    All up to you. I haven't had too many issues with 13.04 (Gnome) and would highly recommend it (along with the Gnome 3 PPA if you use that instead of Unity.)

    It all comes down to stability. 13.04 is (supposedly) less stable than 12.04 but has newer packages and improvements. 9 months support just means too that all you have to do is upgrade to 13.10 when it comes around.

    I personally go for the latest and greatest but if stability is your main concern, 12.04 all the way.

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    Re: Do I pick Ubuntu 12.04 or 13.04

    Thanks for the replies so far, will my PC be able to cope with 13.04? I am now thinking of getting 12.04 as it seems it will perform better on my (slightly) old computer

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    Re: Do I pick Ubuntu 12.04 or 13.04

    Quote Originally Posted by SkyBluesCCFC View Post
    Thanks for the replies so far, will my PC be able to cope with 13.04? I am now thinking of getting 12.04 as it seems it will perform better on my (slightly) old computer
    Your computer sounds fine, but you omit the graphics card specification.

    I'd go for 13.04 for two main reasons, firstly because it is faster and more responsive than 12.04 (on my machines) and secondly because I know I'll move to 13.10 as soon as it is available so the 9 month support period is a moot point. If you can't handle the thought of upgrading so soon, then 12.04.2 is a good bet

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    Re: Do I pick Ubuntu 12.04 or 13.04

    Honestly I think 13.04 has a smaller footprint IIRC. I thought they tweaked Unity to run better with less resources.
    I could be wrong though.

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    Re: Do I pick Ubuntu 12.04 or 13.04

    Quote Originally Posted by cincinnatus13 View Post
    Honestly I think 13.04 has a smaller footprint IIRC. I thought they tweaked Unity to run better with less resources.
    I could be wrong though.
    I have a desktop with very similar specs to the O.P. 13.04 and 13.10(so far) both run very well. I'm using gnome-shell as the default desktop but Unity seems to work okay. It'll be interesting to see if 13.04 can be upgraded to 13.10 once released and still be stable. Ubuntu upgrades don't have a sterling history, re-installs have been generally recommended.

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    Re: Do I pick Ubuntu 12.04 or 13.04

    i have single core Athlon64 AMD works fine. the GPU can be a problematic part (or not).
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    Re: Do I pick Ubuntu 12.04 or 13.04

    My machine dates back to 2007 and I have been using every new release of Ubuntu since 7.04 and they all work fine. I have run Raring Ringtail all through its 25 week development period. I am now running Saucy Salamander (development branch). I have just 1GB of RAM. Under 12.04 Ubuntu used about 70% of the RAM even with just System Monitor loaded but with 13.04 that dropped to just about 50%. At the moment on Saucy Salamander with just Chromium loaded System Load Indicator shows 519 MB RAM used with 455MB set aside as cache memory.

    As far as I am concerned the choice comes down to this: Do you want to keep upgrading every six months? NO? Do you only want to upgrade every two years? Yes? Then stay with 12.04 until 14.04 is released and then upgrade. Otherwise, start at 13.04 and upgrade every six months and get the improvements that are being made to Ubuntu during the next 12 months.

    In Saucy Salamander Unity is at Version 7 and we shall be getting version 8 (also called Unity Next) soon. And we will also get soon get an option at log in to try running Ubuntu with the new MIR display driver. These things will be standard in Ubuntu by the 13.10 release date.

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    Re: Do I pick Ubuntu 12.04 or 13.04

    I have tried both on the same machine- I went back to 12.04

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