I´ve had some problems with my Ubuntu instalation. I considered reinstalling the OS completely, but the downloads for Ubuntu 12.04 I find online say they are desktop downloads. Can I use one of these downloads for my notebook, or is there a different download I should be looking for?

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    There is no difference. Desktop means environment. Ubuntu desktop or ubuntu server.. – Web-E Dec 19 '12 at 18:20
  • There is not enough information here for us to help you (i.e. need more specifics on why/how the updates failed etc.) – Kazark Dec 19 '12 at 18:45
  • You need to know whether 32bit or 64bit, but desktop is fine for laptops. – user unknown Dec 19 '12 at 20:04

Ubuntu-desktop runs on netbooks and laptops. If you are concerned about the performance of your laptop running the desktop version of Ubuntu you should try Lubuntu which is a lightweight distro based on Ubuntu but using the LXDE desktop environment. Lubuntu 12.10 is the latest version.

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    I apologize for such a late response as I just received the information in your post. I wasn't using Ubuntu for a few years but now I am and I appreciate any and every post that helps me learn it. Thanks again. – Jennifer Bledsoe Feb 11 '16 at 17:13

it is as web-e said:

there is an ubuntu-desktop dvd just to differentiate from the ubuntu-server dvd

I run ubuntu-desktop on my netbook just fine

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