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    Re: Try Ubuntu (Kubuntu, Lubuntu, Xubuntu, ...) before installing it

    You are welcome, Eanruig,

    Thanks for sharing your solution

    It might be worthwhile to get a fast USB 3 pendrive. See this link: Pendrive speed test

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    How to select the version and flavour of Ubuntu

    0. Search the internet and ask at the Ubuntu Forums, when you intend to buy new hardware

    It is a good idea is to start by searching the internet, and after that ask at the Ubuntu forums, for example in the hardware forum, when you intend to buy a new computer or add some hardware (internal and external), and we will try to give you good advice, so that you get a computer, that works well with linux in general and the Ubuntu flavours in particular.

    1. If the computer is new, or you have a new hardware

    There is a continuous development of the linux kernel and drivers in order to co-operate with new hardware. This means that the newest version [of Ubuntu and the Ubuntu flavours] is most likely to work well.

    • Start with the newest version with long time support: 16.04.x LTS [, 18.04.x LTS ...]
    • Next try the newest version, which might be a short-life (9 months) version: 17.10.1, 18.10 ...
    • If still no luck, try the developing release. You can get a milestone iso file (alpha or beta) or a daily iso file via this link (browse into it ...). Notice that this version might work well with the hardware, but other things might break a few times after upgrades until the version is released. The software is developing rapidly, and some programs might fail to co-operate with some other program.
    • Avoid versions that have passed end of life, because they will receive no updates, not even security updates.


    2. If the computer is middle-aged

    • Start with the newest version with long time support: 16.04.x LTS, 18.04.x LTS ...
    • Next try the previous version with long time support: 14.04.x LTS
    • Next try a short-life (9 months) version, when available: 17.10.1, 18.10 ...
    • Avoid versions that have passed end of life, because they will receive no updates, not even security updates.


    3. If the computer or some hardware is old

    • Start with the oldest version with long time support: 14.04.x LTS , 16.04.x LTS ...
    • Next try the newer versions with long time support: 16.04.x LTS, 18.04.x LTS ...
    • Next try a short-life (9 months) version, when available: 17.10.1, 18.10 ...
    • Select a flavour of Ubuntu with an ultra light or medium light desktop environment, lighter than standard Ubuntu
      • Lubuntu - ultra light
      • Ubuntu Budgie - medium light
      • Ubuntu MATE - medium light
      • Xubuntu - medium light
    • Avoid versions that have passed end of life, because they will receive no updates, not even security updates.


    4. If you want to improve video playing or make the computer more responsive

    Select a flavour of Ubuntu with an ultra light or medium light desktop environment, lighter than standard Ubuntu
    • Lubuntu - ultra light
    • Ubuntu Budgie - medium light
    • Ubuntu MATE - medium light
    • Xubuntu - medium light


    5. In general, try the different flavours live, and install the flavour, that you like best

    6. Lifetime of the Ubuntu versions

    Notice that the standard Ubuntu LTS versions are supported for 5 years, while the LTS versions of the other flavours are supported for 3 years.

    See this link, http://www.ubuntu.com/info/release-end-of-life

    It is somewhat tricky to find Ubuntu Desktop 16.04.1 LTS (the version with the longest support time).

    The following link works (2017-03-04), http://old-releases.ubuntu.com/releases/xenial/


    There is also a link for Lubuntu 16.04, 16.04.1 and 16.04.2: cdimage.ubuntu.com/lubuntu/releases/16.04.1/release



    See also these links describing different methods to create installed systems in USB sticks or pendrives

    Last edited by sudodus; January 23rd, 2018 at 09:01 PM. Reason: updated versions

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