I have an old Asus netbook (an Eee PC 1000) that has been a traveling companion of mine for quite some time. I installed Ubuntu on it after I bought it back in 2008, and have been updating it with new releases as they've come out.
I've been thinking about bringing it up to date with 12.10, but the slowness problem, combined with 12.10 ditching Unity 2D, makes me wonder if it's really suitable for this old piece of kit. The Eee PC 1000 is pretty weak spec-wise -- Atom CPU, 1GB RAM, Intel GMA 950 integrated graphics. So I'm thinking it may just not be up to running modern versions of Ubuntu, since those have become increasingly GPU-intensive.
The problem is that nobody really makes machines like this one anymore -- the netbook sector has been eaten up by tablets on the low end and ultrabooks on the high end. Plus, call me old fashioned but I hate throwing away a perfectly good machine.
Have any of you tried running 12.10 on an Eee 1000 or a similarly-spec'ed netbook? How did it work out?