Ubuntu: 12.04 or 14.04 for an old computer? [duplicate]



Question:

I searched on web about this question and mostly, I found that 14.04 is a way better than 12.04. but only one answer I found, that say "I am using an old computer and weirdly, I found that 12.04 works better than 14.04"

so I got a doubt, and I want to ask here, this laptop have:

2 GB memory (DDR2) Intel® Core™2 Duo CPU T5450 @ 1.66GHz × 2 Processor Intel® 965GM x86/MMX/SSE2 Graphics 32-bit OS type

which version of Ubuntu, you prefer?


Solution:1

I just installed 14.04 on a Dell Dimension 3100 (specs: http://www.engadget.com/products/dell/dimension/3100/specs/ ) and it's working, albeit a bit sluggishly with no lowering of eye candy. Aside from some kind of particular incompatibility, I don't see why you wouldn't be able to run 14.x just fine with the specifications you posted.


Solution:2

I'm running Xubuntu 14.04 on an old HP Compaq 6715b with 1.5GB RAM and a 2.2GHz single core CPU, it's working fine, although I'm considering moving to Lubuntu to further improve performance.

14.04 does not perform considerably worse than 12.04 (in my opinion), but the desktop environment does matter.

So I'd recommend going for 14.04, Xubuntu if you're more after features and Lubuntu if you want better performance.


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