I Miss Ubuntu 10.04 LTS

Ubuntu 16.04 LTS was released today and as usual I ran off to install it on a VM to see what all of the fuss was about. Under the hood everything is perfect. A modern stable kernel, up to date packages (including most importantly the latest version of PostgreSQL), and of course the feeling of satisfaction in knowing that when I install this on a server I won’t have to worry about upgrading for five more years.

However on the frontend side, it was a whole different story. It seems like with each new release Unity gets slower and slower. To be fair, I installed this on a 1 Core VM with 2 GB of RAM and no video memory. Even after disabeling as many effects as I could the desktop still felt clunky and unresponsive.

I remember installing Ubuntu 10.04 LTS for the first time. Back then it ran GNOME2, it started up in seconds even on modest hardware. I miss those days. In any case, I look forward to years of great performance on the server side. Kudos to the Ubuntu team for another rock solid LTS release.

If you made it this far, you should probably follow me on twitter. 🙂

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