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I have Windows XP 2002 Service Pack 3 and want to install a newer version of Ubuntu. I have a Pentium 4 CPU 2.80GHz, 2.00 GB of RAM

Which Ubuntu should I install?

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Your system is perfectly fine for the standard ubuntu. –  martini Mar 2 '13 at 20:01
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You should consider your graphic capability as well. Ubuntu 12.10 will work your CPU very hard if you don't have appropriate hardware acceleration (because there's no Unity 2D in 12.10). So do update your question to mention the GPU. –  user25656 Mar 3 '13 at 1:15

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I highly recommend installing xubuntu if you want a something to be light on resource usage. It's still very much a user friendly and highly customizable GUI.

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xubuntu sounds great. I presume I need to uninstall my current Ubuntu first? –  user137038 Mar 2 '13 at 19:35
    
You don't need to uninstall, but if it's not any trouble to do so it might be best. I had 12.10 installed with the regular unity interface and switched to xfce4 for performance reasons. Everything works fine, but there are doubled up programs. For example I had both thunar and nautilus as file system browsers. > sudo apt-get install xfce4 < then on the ubuntu login screen, choose xfce as your session –  not__p Mar 2 '13 at 19:44

The beauty of all the Ubuntu variants is that you can try them all without installing. You can put each on a CD/DVD or USB stick and try them out first.

I think you will find both Kubuntu and Ubuntu too slow on your hardware but feel free to give them a try.

Xubuntu is a lighter desktop which should be reasonably fast on your machine. This would be my personal choice.

The lightest desktop is Lubuntu which should be really fast for you.

It's a personal choice so I would recommend you give each a try without installing then install the one you like best. When running from a CD or USB stick it will be slightly slower than it will be once fully installed.

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