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I'm a 3 year linux user and have recently bought a fancy lenovo g500s touch laptop with a fancy i5 processor and the following specs:
Intel i5-3230M 2.60GHz 3MB Cache Processor
Atheros AR9485 Wifi
Integrated Intel HD 4000 Graphics
DDR3 6gb Ram
My old (now dead) Asus laptop ran a modified version of Ubuntu 10.04 (was "ultimate edition" 2.7 distro). Now my problems are:
I don't want to use unity, or kde, or cinnamon, or gnome 3.8
They are totally unusable and inefficient for me. Mate is an option though. I have tried: ubuntu 12.04 ultimate edition 3.5 and 3.4.1 Linux Mint 15 kde, cinnamon, and mate (all 3 disto versions, I'm currently in mate). Shall probably be installing debian 7.1 in the next 24 hours. All 64-bit
I tried like 5 ppa fixes for compiz in 12.04, tried downgrading it, even tried compiling 0.8.8 compiz from source. Tried upgrading from 12.04 to 12.10 but froze during and wouldn't boot past loading screen after manual restart.
But I am not here to rant about how inefficient I think gnome 3.8 and unity are. Sure they are better for beginners.
My real issue is I need to use compiz, I have tried kwin and kde plasma but nothing compares to the efficiency and multitasking I had previously. Anyone who has used compiz 0.9+ knows how insanely bad it is and that the compiz team has been bought by canonical to make composting things for unity. Thus they rush each releases full of bugs, and break more and more of compiz each time ("oh those features are not important because unity doesn't use it"). So most of us are forced to use buggy compiz versions that can't use Scale to easily switch between windows or even move windows between workspaces, not to mention the annoying flickering when you rotate the cube, and of course opacity doesn't turn on by itself anymore, and now burn and explode effects disappeared.
Yes some people think compiz is dead and will soon be dropped by everyone, but you show me a windows manager that works better then compiz did in 0.8.6 or 0.8.8 (assuming you're willing to spend 5 hours tweaking and configuring it to activate everything with ease and not crash randomly ;) )
So the question is, I need a distro or some setup where I can run gnome2 (or mate, or even xfce or lxde) and compiz 0.8.8, 0.8.6 or below (because they actually worked :D ) with the fancy new hardware I have. How do I do this?
This not a duplicate question to "how to downgrade compiz in 12.04?" The answer there assumes I can install 10.10 on my uefi system. The ppa given there has no effect on removing the bugs in compiz.
I am too noob to set up gentoo or slackware (Maybe I can do arch but it'll prob take all day). 12.04+ forces me to install the broken compiz packages. I am not against chance, I would happy use 12.04 or 13.04 with Mate if the versions of compiz released for them worked as well as they did 3 years ago. I do not care about having the latest n newest software updates, I was totally happy still using 10.04 a month ago (because it actually worked!)
Why did they fix something that wasn't broken? New versions are not better unless they work equal or better then previously. I don't care about windows 8 or dual booting, windows 8 is already gone. Yes its a UEFI laptop but I've enabled legacy support in its firmware. I am skeptical that I can just install 10.04 (or UE 2.7) and have it recognize the wireless card and everything else. Although I have a usb wifi card so its not a deal breaker.
I'm considering just installing a minimal resources disto and using oracle virtualbox to run a 2010 linux version as a vm, and have that as my main os. But that seems like a weird solution.
Any help would be really appreciated as I've been trying to fix this for the last 4 days. If anyone knows of a disto that will support new hardware and runs (or can run without jumping through 20 hoops) gnome2 and compiz 0.8.6ish (you know, the ones that everyone used because they worked), please let me know. Same goes if I missed an easy way to run compiz 0.8.6 or 8 on anything higher then 10.10.