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I have an LG netbook (XD170-L.ADP4E8) with this features:

-CPU: Intel® Atom™ CPU N455 @ 1.66GHz × 2

-Video: Mobile Intel GMA 3130

-Memory: 1 GB DDR3

-HDD: 250 GB Sata HDD

I have both Windows 7 and Ubuntu 12.10 installed on it but it's running Ubuntu 12.10 very slow and I need to keep Windows 7 installed. I tried Lubuntu and Xubuntu but I like Ubuntu the most, so I'm thinking about installing an older version of Ubuntu. Is this a good idea or there is something else I can do? and what version of Ubuntu should I install?

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Rather than choosing an older release of Ubuntu, you might consider running a more lightweight official variatn of Ubuntu. See What version of Ubuntu can I run on an old desktop? –  Eliah Kagan Feb 7 '13 at 11:17
    
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The only versions of Ubuntu I would recommend are those in active support and in practice that means 12.04 and 12.10 (since while 10.04 and 11.10 are still supported today support ends in April this year).

12.04 runs faster than 12.10 in my experience and 12.04 has the Unity 2D desktop which runs faster.

The reason I would not recommend older releases is that all support has stopped or is about to stop. You will find it difficult to install software since the repositories have been moved. Also there will be no updates either for bug-fixes or security problems.

Personally I would recommend Ubuntu 12.04 (LTS) it is supported till April 2017.

The Unity2D desktop is almost identical to the default one but it is faster. If you like the desktop as it was in say 10.04 you can get something similar to that with the following in a terminal. This command also works in 12.10

    sudo apt-get install gnome-panel

Log out then back in selecting "Gnome Classic" or "Gnome Clasic (No Effects)" as your desktop from the login screen by clicking the circular icon next to the user name and the password entry box on the login screen. You can select the "Unity 2D" desktop this way too, though there is nothing to install.

Finally there are the Xubutu and Lubuntu variants, which are lighter and so run faster, but you have already said you don't like these as much.

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Thanks, I've installed "Gnome Clasic (No Effects)" and it's fast enough. –  Gaith Feb 7 '13 at 20:39
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Install some other flavour of Ubuntu - Lubuntu or Xubuntu. The only difference between Ubuntu and these distros is that they use different Desktop Environment than Ubuntu.

Lubuntu is the lightest of all, Xubuntu is lighter than Ubuntu but somewhat heavier than Lubuntu.

Here are some screenshots:

Lubuntu

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Xubuntu

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I tried both Lubuntu and Xubuntu but I like Ubuntu the most. Will it be a problem if I installed an older version? –  Gaith Feb 7 '13 at 11:21
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If you like Ubuntu, I think it'd be better to install Ubuntu 12.04 LTS and use Ubuntu 2D. –  green7 Feb 7 '13 at 12:09
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My sister's netbook has nearly the same config as you have. I installed ubuntu 12.04 for her. But she uses the unity 2D desktop, as the Intel IGP is very low on 3d power. But the good news is, that it will be supported for 4 more years. So to answer your question, it is a wise decision.

+we use 12.04 in our dormitory, and we have some 10.04.4 pc-s, but they will be upgraded this april because of "end of life" support.

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