> I will switch all machines to 12.04, if and when we have a successful build
> of that kernel with the rtai patches. That is precisely the major push on
> the rtai list ATM.
No rush. If 10.04 works, stay with it while it is supported.
> And I have a suspicion that I'd nuke unity in its
> entirety, however,
Sadly, many do, some without giving it a real chance. I like it myself.
If you are after a lightweight desktop within the *buntu family, try
Lubuntu. I find it very good for lower-end machines. It is
significantly lighter-weight than Xfce & needs less customisation to
be vaguely Windows-like.
> what will probably happen is that the linuxcnc crew will
> probably respin the 12.04 release with all updates as of the respin,
> probably with a window manager and gui that isn't near as heavyweight as we
> are hearing unity to be. We want to carve metal with high precision and if
> the gui turns out to be somewhat less glamorous than 'modern' gui's, we
> remind ourselves that all that glamor has not ever translated into parts
> shipped and money in the bank. A lightweight window manager is generally
> fine. Stability is worth 100x the worth of the glitz.
LXDE is definitely less resource-hungry than GNOME 2.
> Now, if I could just click on send, and have this message actually off my
> machine in the 3 seconds or less it should take, I'd be a happy camper. 30
> to 50 seconds that it freezes is a PIMA.