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I got Ubuntu 10.04 on my laptop. Support for this version ends in April and I don't like Ubuntu 12.04, what should I install instead?

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Well, what do you like? What are your preferences? What do you do with the machine? –  mikewhatever Mar 19 '13 at 19:21
if you do not like 12.04... try the new official Ubuntu Remix. –  Rinzwind Mar 19 '13 at 19:23
You have about a million options... –  TheX Mar 19 '13 at 19:27
If you are for LTS's you should strongly consider 12.04 BUT definitely a lightweight desktop environment, of which I suggest you the usage of XFCE4 in order to have a faster performance without losing exciting features such as compiz effects and these things. Other lightweight desktop environments are good choices also. Good luck! –  Geppettvs D'Constanzo Mar 19 '13 at 19:55
I surf the internet, download music and movies, edit videos and music sometimes, nothing major. –  Camila Mar 19 '13 at 20:02
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Depending on your preferences:

If you want to get performance over style:

-Install ubuntu 12.04 or later version(I heard that 13.04 is quite stable and fast and still in beta stage) and after that get Gnome-Shell and choose gnome classic or install the GNOME remix Rinzwind posted.

-Install Xubuntu another Gnome-like ubuntu flavour(have to mention that there are a lot of customizations options for Xubuntu to make it more stylish.

-There is also Lubuntu

If you want style over performance:

-ubuntu with Gnome 3

-Kubuntu if your more into KDE.

Want alternative desktop environments?

There are:

-Cinnamon combination of Gnome classic and Gnome3

-Mate Gnome classic-like DE

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Thank you @adi =) –  Camila Mar 19 '13 at 20:11
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Why not try out 12.10? Seriously, if your computer supports it and support is running out on 10.04, you better upgrade (major security risks.) Or you could wait for 13.04

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Well, I used 12.04 for a while, it's too slow, too "windowsy" in my opinion. I like how simple Ubuntu 10.04 is but you can customize it at the same time, u know? –  Camila Mar 19 '13 at 19:49
sure thing. If you don't like the look of Unity, try out installing other window managers (GNOME 3, KDE, etc.) I have to use LXDE because of the age of my computer and I'm beginning to like it just as much as Unity, if not more! –  RPi Awesomeness Mar 19 '13 at 19:51
Thank you @packpatfan =) –  Camila Mar 19 '13 at 20:10
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If you wish to use Gnome 3 instead of Unity, you can do so with these instructions: http://www.filiwiese.com/installing-gnome-on-ubuntu-12-04-precise-pangolin/

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Thank you @Unksi =) –  Camila Mar 19 '13 at 20:10
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As of march 15th we have a new addition to the official versions: Ubuntu GNOME Remix. Why not try that one. From the article:

Ubuntu GNOME aims to bring a mostly pure GNOME desktop experience to Ubuntu. Our first release for 12.10 showed that there was a strong demand for a great GNOME experience on Ubuntu and we are now working towards our second release based on Ubuntu 13.04.

We will not be participating in this week's Beta 1 Release but we are planning to release images for the Final Beta at the end of the month. Daily image builds are currently being set up and we except that they will be available within a few weeks.

Ubuntu GNOME 13.04 will be released with GNOME 3.6, since Ubuntu held back on GNOME this cycle. We are however making GNOME 3.8 available from the gnome3-team PPA.

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Thank you @Rinzwind =) –  Camila Mar 19 '13 at 20:09
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Depends on what you do not like. If you do not Like Unity use one of the alternate interfaces (KDE, LXDE, XFCE, gnome, openbox, fluxbox ...).

If you do not like Ubuntu, there is Mint, Debian, Fedora, Arch ....

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I've only had Ubuntu so far, I haven't tried the other ones cos I read Ubuntu was easy to use if you're a Linux beginner and now I love it, but the newest versions of Ubuntu really sucked, is there a way I can keep using my 10.04 forever just updating security stuff? –  Camila Mar 19 '13 at 19:54
Well, you have many choices. As you know, support for 10.04 ends in April, although you can run it as long as you wish. –  bodhi.zazen Mar 19 '13 at 20:06
Thank you @bodhi.zazen =) –  Camila Mar 19 '13 at 20:11
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