I understand what you are saying Yogi.
It is similar to the old Win95/98 days.
Just when you finally get your computer running properly, and all the programs working with it.
They begin updating the programs, slowing them down, and you need a faster OS to run them.
One of the reasons I had so many computers, is simply, once I got them working exactly the way I wanted them to work. I quit updating anything. When I heard about enough changes that had taken place, I would go with the new OS and all new programs. And do the same with it. When it was running perfectly, stop changing or upgrading it.
I just got rid of a Win95 computer and CGA monitor, it booted and ran perfectly, slow as molasses compared to today. But the point is, it worked and all the programs on it functioned as they did when I locked the system down.
Ubuntu quit providing upgrades or security fixes for 8.04, it reached the end of its life span.
Updating Linux is considerably different than keeping Windows updated, when you consider the amount of money it takes to upgrade all of the software programs associated with it.
I'm not sure on the USB Stick packages, if they load into RAM while you are working from them or not?
I know if I run an OS from a LIVE CD or a USB Stick, it runs much slower. Unless it moves part of it to RAM, then it is faster.
Since the packages I was referring to, had more to do with writers and text entry and editing. I'm pretty sure USB runs much faster than I can type, which on a good roll is 120 wpm.
As an aside, changing from CAT-5e to CAT-6 last year, made a remarkable difference, both in speed and on the billfold; speed went up, hip national bank when way down, hi hi.....
Same with my USB cables, I changed out several old ones to newer, and transfer times to the external HD's dropped.
When I was running Ethernet, through 75 ohm cable, the types of cable made a major difference.
I knew it would, from my ham radio antenna's, I always used what was best for the frequency of operation.
And of course, the switches all had to be compatible to get good speeds.
I guess the next way to upgrade will be fiber optics, as 10 to 40 gigabit LAN equipment is still out of sight, pricewise.
Or perhaps, moving from my garage into the house might be cheaper, hi hi.....
CAT-6 is considerably larger cable, size wise, but I think the wire inside is only 1 gauge larger.