Which system is stable?

Asked by Alastair McDonald on 2015-02-19

I upgraded from Ubuntu 6 or thereabouts, and the mouse freezes on clicking it, and causes the screen to become a set of slanted lines. I then tried Ubuntu 14 from a DVD on a magazine and got similar effect. I have now tried Ubuntu 7 which will only allow me to have a screen size of 640 by 480 at 60 HZ. I am now using Ubuntu 8 which gives me 800 by 600 at 61 HZ as well, but not the achievable high resolution that I get with Ubuntu 14.

Ubuntu 8 says I can upgrade to 10, but fails when I try to do it.

Which system should I concentrate on getting to work? I have an AMD 64 machine.

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arochester (arochester) said : #1

6 =2006, 7=2007, 8=2008 ...they are dead, unsupported and gone.

You should use an LTS (Long Term Support) version which lasts longer than an ordinary version.

12.04 LTS will last to 2017 April and 14.04 LTS will last to 2019 April.

I'd do a clean install of Xubuntu 14.04

It is LTS and supported til April 2019

Alastair McDonald (ub3ntu) said : #3

Thanks both, you have answered my question about which system to use.

When you say a clean install do you mean formating the partitions?

Running Ubuntu 14.10 off the DVD gives the same problem with the system locking. Is running off the DVD not the same as a clean install?

But I will try and find Xubuntu 12.04 and see it that works.

michael (yellupcm-gmail) said : #4

Please check this site.


Note End of Life dates on 14.10 and 14.04. Also Xubuntu 12.04 and 14.04. Could you give specifications of your computer, CPU, RAM, GPU, etc. This will help to determine whether Ubuntu or Xubuntu.

Alastair McDonald (ub3ntu) said : #5

I installed Ubuntu 14.10 formatting the partitions and then after a bit of fiddling and choseing the correct option fro the boot menus, I set it to use Nvidia's display driver and it is now working OK. But there is an error message saying it does not reconise my USB v1 ports. Is that because they are v2, and if so is there a solution?

Alastair McDonald (ub3ntu) said : #6

Hi Michael
(Only found your post after I had replied.)

My spec is:
AMD Athlon(tm) II X2 250 Processor × 2
1.7 GiB
GeForce 7025 / nForce 630a/integrated/SSE2

I don't understand these end of life dates. Surely if Ubuntu 14.10, say, works now it will still work in ten years time if I don't change my machine.

michael (yellupcm-gmail) said : #7

EOL (end of life) means no updates and no support. At some time after EOL, the repositories (software center) will be removed. The browsers will quit supporting older releases. It will take a longer time, the hardware will need newer releases. Look at Windows 95 - 98 - XP. no support. I have an older Dell that has 1.4 CPU and 1 GB ram. It works well with Xubuntu 12.04, but not as good with Peppermint 5 which is based on Ubuntu 14.04.
I don't know about the USB problem. Maybe others can help.

Alastair McDonald (ub3ntu) said : #8

Thanks Michael,

Ubuntu 14.10 seems to be working fine now. I had not realised that the repositories are deleted.

If I have any more problems I will start a new bug report.

Cheers, Alastair.