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Ubuntu Shootout - 10.04 LTS vs. 12.04 LTS

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Ubuntu has spawned some great distributions over the years, as varied and diverse as Vinux, Backtrack, Ubuntu Studio, the Ultimate Edition and Linux Mint, some only with a specialist group and purpose in mind, others aimed at a more general audience. Really, Ubuntu has become a bedrock.

I have recently been lucky enough to acquire a second-hand Dell Latitude E4300 for an acceptable price. This machine urgently needs an OS and will be my test bed for Ubuntu Linux. Dell is using mostly Intel chip sets for wireless and graphics which are widely supported without the need for additional firmware or binary drivers, and has even sold machines with Ubuntu preinstalled, so it came as no surprise that the Latitude played extremely well with both editions. So please bear in mind that the set of hardware is not a challenging one, but probably as good as it gets for compatibility.

That said, I've previously installed various Kubuntu and Ubuntu since 10.04 for short periods on the Acer and the built in proprietary driver installer always worked flawlessly on identifying my hardware and getting the right driver for it, namely ATI/AMD Fglrx and the Broadcom binary blobs for wireless. It's nicer though if it all works straight away and is already natively supported in the kernel. It feels cleaner and runs smoother, or maybe that is just my imagination.

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