Originally Posted by jgaiser
Straying off topic --- I'm also reaching the end of support for 10.04 (April 2013) and I'm not particularly happy to move to Unity. Played around with a 12.04 livedisc and I'm more on the hate side than the love it side.
I'm thinking about installing it on a old surplus laptop and see if I can get Gnome installed.
Well, It's been a year or so since I played with Unbutu, but I vaguely recall that Unity was optional, right in the install. You had a choice between Unity and. . . something else (sorry, can't recall). You might want to go on one of the dedicated Linux sites and ask around about how much hassle putting a different UI is on Unbutu 12. Seems a shame to give up a distro you like without some sort of investigation on how to tailor it for your needs.