Computer: Dell Inspiron 1420 Intel Core 2 Duo T5550 (3GB, DDR2, 667mHz)
Running Dual Boot with Windows Vista and now Ubuntu 12.04
Firstly, I'm not very Linux/Ubuntu savvy -- once things work I get it, but I'm not good at installing things or editing files... i.e. I need very specific instructions.
I've been using Ubuntu 8.04 forever and love it -- I've had my computer for over 5 years and it runs just as fast today as when I got it. But since 8.04 isn't supported anymore and I was having small issues like video in Firefox, and Firefox not updating I figured it was time to update and I just figured the most recent would be best. So I updated to 10.4 then 12.04.
Now I cannot connect to the internet in 12.04. I believe I could in 10.4. I've restarted a couple times and it says upon restarting "Waiting for network configuration." When I go into System Settings / Network there is immediately a message that reads "The system network services are not compatible with this version."
I also don't understand 12.04, I don't know where Administration and the other drop down menu below it moved to, when I right click on a folder it doesn't give me the options 8.04 gave me.
I do like the look, the new menu bar and the workspace switcher.... so if I could somehow get the internet working and understand the basics and how it changed from 8.04, I would like to keep it.
Not sure if I can save 12.04, or if I should revert back to 10.4 and try that, and if so the best way to do that. I did back up all my files (not programs)... any advice would be much appreciated.