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I have inherited a laptop1 from a colleague that originally came with Ubuntu 11.10 (Oneric Ocelot) installed.

I am planning a clean reinstall of the OS to clean her data and set it up as my machine.

Should I install the latest version of Ubuntu (12.04) or the version that was originally installed (11.10)?

  1. Dell Latitude E6230 with Intel Core i7-3520M CPU 2.9 GHz, 64 bit

    The driver info says there are no proprietary drivers but the Package to workaround e1000e S3 issue is installed

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The 11.10 has reached its end of life and is not supported. As such if you have any questions about 11.10, it will be considered off topic here. I recommend you go with 13.04, the latest. Do a complete fresh install. – user68186 Jun 26 '13 at 18:41
I would suggest 13.04 as you get all the latest bells and whistles – SimplySimon Jun 26 '13 at 18:41
@user68186 Wow, it is off topic to ask about old versions! That seems like it is ignoring a lot of collected wisdom. This isexactly where I would expect people to be able to get help for non-supported versions. – KennyPeanuts Jun 26 '13 at 18:48
@KennyPeanuts what graphics card has your Dell Latitude ?! here is same hardware - different brand - running quite good with 12.10 - so 12.04 resp. 12.10 are at moment more "mature" - 'cause fixed and updated. – dschinn1001 Jun 26 '13 at 18:51
I'd recommend to only use the LTS versions of Ubuntu. The developers try to mostly add new features between LTS versions, and focus on stability for the LTS versions. – soulsource Jun 26 '13 at 21:16
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The best choice for your computer is to install Ubuntu 12.04 LTS. Ubuntu 12.04 is a Long Term Support release (LTS), and is supported by updates until April, 2017. Your other available choices are Ubuntu 12.10, which is supported by updates until April, 2014 and Ubuntu 13.04 which is supported by updates until January, 2014.

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