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KDE has come a long way so that it can be fairly fast on older/weaker hardware after you disable the compositer (the fancy OSX/WIN7 effects). Still Enlightenment and LXDE are the lightest of the full DE suites. I think if the KDE build is good enough this might be the first LTS I stick with for a while. Unless Wayland comes out soon with decent support and no performance issues.

will give it a try on thinkpad t61
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For those of you who are using 14.04 already, are there any issues that you still think need fixing before release? e.g. an outdated package or a bug that annoys you.

And ubuntu-gnome has a pretty good release coming, but we still have to try and get gnome-desktop 3.10 in, so if anyone can help with testing, we really need your help.
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Lubuntu. It's based on ubuntu but uses the much lighter LXDE for it's desktop.

+1 for Lubuntu. Don't use Xubuntu though.
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For those of you who are using 14.04 already, are there any issues that you still think need fixing before release? e.g. an outdated package or a bug that annoys you.

And ubuntu-gnome has a pretty good release coming, but we still have to try and get gnome-desktop 3.10 in, so if anyone can help with testing, we really need your help.

14.04 ubuntu-gnome version does not shut down/restart for me (as was the case with 13.10) but I read thats because of a custom BIOS on my thinkpad t61

on ubuntu 14.04 I was unable to install google chrome from .deb file.

I have now discovered KDE which oddly enough is the snappiest environment for my old laptop. It is even usable with noveau drivers.
post #25 of 38
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+1 for Lubuntu. Don't use Xubuntu though.

Why a no for Xubuntu? I don't use it and never have but just curious as to why you are opposed to it. OpenBox is by far the best lightweight solution if you're willing to put in a little work.
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I just can't stand Unity. It's slow and ugly. All my Ubuntu needs are done through Linux Mint.

Unity isn't as slow as it used to be and they've refined it pretty well over the years. Ubuntu has extra stability and refinement with it's LTS versions that Linux Mint can't match.
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If Ubuntu is indeed slow like you guys are saying, what would be a good alternative for a first-time Linux user?

edit: For reference, the computer I intend to install Linux on has:
  • Intel Pentium 4 (1 core, 2 threads) @ 2.8GHz
  • 2GB DDR2 RAM
  • Nvidia Geforce 8400GS

Check out linux mint which is designed specifically for easy conversion from windows to linux.

http://www.linuxmint.com/

If you are going to be running it on that computer, check out the xfce version found on the download page.
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I started on Linux Mint and found the transition from windows to mint to be relatively pain free. There is a bit of a learning curve but you'll get through it quickly and just realise that not everything you have in windows will necessarily work on linux or have an equal counterpart.

I would love to give this a shot once it is in final form.
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Unity isn't as slow as it used to be and they've refined it pretty well over the years. Ubuntu has extra stability and refinement with it's LTS versions that Linux Mint can't match.

Do you think this is true even for Mint's LTS version (13)?
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post #29 of 38
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Check out linux mint which is designed specifically for easy conversion from windows to linux.
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Are you sure it is, at least moreso than many of the other *buntu distros?
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I've never seen any lag (or any issue really) using Unity within a VM on my sig rig. Maybe it's the graphics drivers.
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