Good Day Folks,
First, I would like to thank you in advance for reading my post and replying and for your time in doing so. I greatly appreciate it.
First off, I am a "newer" user of Ubuntu, about three years now, coming from Winblows, I have learned what I needed to to operate Ubuntu, not not much outside of that. I tried various copies of Ubuntu distros in the beginning until I found what I liked. I started with 12.12 (Maverick), went to 11.10 (Natty), then I went back and tried 10.04 (Lucid) LTS and LOVED it, still using it to this day. But noticing Flash might now be working correctly as it is out of it's service update window and not updating. The update manager has notified me for some time now that 12.04 LTS is available for "upgrade". I have been tempted to hit the button, but using 11.10 Natty, I hated Unity and liked Gnome. Personally, I hate getting used to "new" things, it slows me down for what I need my computer for. I like knowing where things are, going for it, and walla, its there. I don't like how Unity is laid out on the desktop, I like the two (upper & lower) task bars, etc.
My issue with doing "upgrades" from one Ubuntu distro to another within the distro is I have never done it and don't know what to expect.
I will mark specific questions I have with an * to indicate a specific question that anybody has the answer too.
*Is hitting the "upgrade" button in the "update manager" just as easy and simple as "kernel updates" in the update manager?
Meaning I will not have to back up, I will not lose files, I will not lose apps and small little tweaks that I have done to my system over the last couple years and I don't remember how to get again or what the official names of them were.
*When I hot that button, will the system basically "upgrade my kernel in the "correct partition" or partitions without having to re-set up the partitions like in a new install where I always done "custom install partitions".
Basically, what I am trying to say is, I would love to have to do little to nothing after "upgrade". Will my small apps and programs be here after the upgrade in the same place it was prior?
I would assume that after upgrade, my system will begin to upgrade web browsers, adobe flash and other apps & plug-ins as it was prior to 10.04 going out of service.
I may be thinking of things in the "perfect world" but my experiences with Ubuntu and Linux have been more in a perfect world like since converting from Winblows. So it would not surprise me if it can be like this. I use my computer solely for internet web "graphic arts" work, so any down time is time out my work day. The GIMP is my most used program on here. I am running GIMP 2.6, which I understand 2.8 had been out for some time. Will this automatically upgrade also? Or will I have to do that in the Synaptic afterword? This is fine, that won't be too much to have to do, or other "upgrading" after the fact.?
Please correct me if I am wrong in any of my assumptions. Please give me any and all details as per updating my Ubuntu distro as far as "keeping my system as it was with Files in "Home directory", apps like "system monitor" which lets me view my system at a glance as far as CPU usage, Memory, Network, Swap space, system load and disk usage. Weather app, my customizations, and programs currently installed like GIMP, Krita, Libre Office, and various other programs installed.
And if I have to back up, please explain to me how I do this, since I have never done it before. I have a 1TB hard drive with lots of things on it and my slave drive is not big enough to hold it all if I were to transfer files/images over. I can do some, but not all will fit as it is only 80 GB with it being about half full now.
My system is configured like this now as far as **** usage if relevant.
1 TB hard drive
1 GB for boot section
20 GB for swap (little much considering I only use 4% of it at the most when programs have been running for a while, but usually none with 16 GB or Ram) So swap space could stand to be reduced by about 40% or more and given to Home, but don't know how to after OS is installed. So have not since space is not close to being maxed out.
40 GB for Root section
939 GB for Home
Again, I thank you all for your time, advise and input
Please note, I am using 10.04 LTS (Lucid) as stated above also. I know my account says 12.12 (Maverick) But it would not let me update it. Sounds stupid, I know, but it said I had not made 10 posts yet. But I am using 10.04 LTS (Lucid) and NOT 12.12 (Maverick).