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I recently got in way over my head playing with Ubuntu 8.04 on a Dell Mini 910. I think I deleted far more things than I should have trying to "make space". I started finding the applications I wanted by searching the main files. Then I selected "change desktop" and really messed things up. Now when the computer boots up I only see the desktop background with nothing else, no icons, no keys do anything. I've downloaded Ubuntu 11.10 and run it from a thumb-drive on the machine but the hard-drive is too small to load it. Any clues how I can get access to files, applications?

Thanks. And if I gave you a laugh, no worries.


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Given your situation i would consider a fresh install because 8.04, 8.10, 9.04, and 9.10 have reached there EOL end-of-life, which means they no longer receive support or updates. However, they have been archived and are available:

old releases

Given those options you may also want to consider Lubuntu because it is a lighter-less bloated distribution.

It can be found here:

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