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    Should I install Ubuntu?

    Hi everyone, I am new here and sorry if this thread should not be here. So my question is: Should I install Ubuntu?
    I think Ubuntu is a great operating system and I will test it first but what version is good for Ubuntu?
    I can't install 18.04 because I have a 32-bit laptop but I can install 16.04.6. Is this version good?
    So what do you think I should do? Keep my Windows 10 or get Ubuntu? Bye I will wait for a reply

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    Re: Should I install Ubuntu?

    Nobody can answer this for you. It depends on your goals.
    Is this version good?
    For certain values of "good", yes.

    Ubuntu is Ubuntu is Linux is Linux is Unix. No need to be too hung up over the GUI. The GUI is just another program. Changing it, when you know what you are doing, is 3-5 minutes.

    A 32-bit CPU is going to be old. Boot using the 16.04 media, install inxi, then run inxi -Fz and post the results back here using 'code tags', so it is readable. If the post doesn't look like it does in your terminal, then you didn't do it correctly. It will give us a summary of the computer hardware so someone might make a good recommendation. The main consideration will be the CPU, RAM, GPU ... those will likely mean you want a lite-GUI and limited services started. Ubuntu Desktop, the default version, is very demanding and heavy thanks to Gnome3. Avoid that. It will be fine to gather information, but I don't run it on **any** of my systems because it is too bloated. That's opinion. Others will surely disagree because they have $1500 computers with tonnes of RAM, 16 cores, and a $500 GPU. OTOH, for people with $65 used Chromebooks running Linux, a lighter solution is desired. If the GPU is more than 5 yrs old, a lighter solution is needed. If the CPU is 15 yrs old, then an even lighter solution is best.

    You don't have to give up Windows to run Linux. Some high-level knowledge should help you decide: https://www.dedoimedo.com/computers/...ows-users.html explains some things to Windows people about Linux and how Linux works.

    BTW, there is a way to load a 32-bit version of 18.04.

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    Re: Should I install Ubuntu?

    You could test Ubuntu Budgie LTS 18.04 32 bit or 16.04 which is supported for 2 more years.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i8jzVl3E6Z4

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    Re: Should I install Ubuntu?

    Xubuntu might also be a lighter option:
    https://xubuntu.org/download

    The LTS release has a 32bit version.

    Always first try as a liveCD/USB to see if things work and to see whether you like it or not.

    Good luck!

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    Re: Should I install Ubuntu?

    For your question about keeping Windows, ask yourself if you use any programs that are windows only and you do not want to learn to use any alternatives. An example would use photoshop or you could use gimp on linux. For the version to use is the one that works good on your computer and that you like.

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    Re: Should I install Ubuntu?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rubi1200 View Post
    Xubuntu might also be a lighter option:
    https://xubuntu.org/download

    The LTS release has a 32bit version.

    Always first try as a liveCD/USB to see if things work and to see whether you like it or not.

    Good luck!
    Ok, I will try Xubuntu, thanks.

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    Re: Should I install Ubuntu?

    how do you know you have 32bit CPU? if the CPU is 32 bit, is the laptop over 15 years old? or maybe has old Atom CPU?
    Easy to understand Ubuntu manual with lots of pics: http://ubuntu-manual.org/
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