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Ubuntu Launches 10.04 'Lucid Lynx'

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Ubuntu Launches 10.04 'Lucid Lynx'

With all the talk of iPhone OS 4.0, Android royalties and HP now owning webOS it's good to remember that desktop platforms are still where we get the majority of things done...

Of these no-one is vying more strongly for our attentions than Ubuntu which has continued its breakneck release schedule to today launch v10.04, also known as 'Lucid Lynx'.

10.04 arrives just six months after Ubuntu 9.10 - Karmic Koala - scurried into the wild and builds on the OS's increasingly public persona with a much needed visual overhaul. Most apparent in this is a move away from the turgid browns that screamed "I am niche" to a new metallic, dare-I-say-it Mac OS X look, which I suspect is exactly what it was going for.

Beyond the superficialities 10.04 also cleverly merges Facebook and Twitter accounts directly into the OS allowing users to update either or both from a single window. A new music store brings an iTunes-substitute powered by 7Digital and continues to bundle useful software such as Firefox, OpenOffice and its intuitive Evolution Email which integrates a multi-IM app directly into desktop email - clever stuff.

As always the new Ubuntu claims to operate quickly on any computer and positively race along on hardware this side of the Neolithic era making it particularly good for netbooks. Ubuntu 10.4 is available now and - as always - is free.

Will this finally convert the masses? Probably not quite yet, but it is another important step forward...

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Keithe6e

April 30, 2010, 9:32 pm

@As always the new Ubuntu claims to operate quickly on any computer





I hope they have sorted out PulseAudio!, running PulseAudio on an ION/Atom is a real resource hog. ALSA/DMix is slightly better, but that's not perfect either. Audio seems to be Linux biggest problem they really need to sort it out.

Simon

April 30, 2010, 11:02 pm

Agreed, i have had problems with Audio on my AA1.





Also, the update seems to want to update to the 'full' version of Ubuntu, not the netbook remix.

Peter 20

May 1, 2010, 12:07 am

Surprising how many people are having problems with Audio in Ubuntu (myself included). And I don't even have any fancy audio cards, just a plain old realtek chip set.

Pbryanw

May 1, 2010, 12:47 am

I think it was in 9.10 but I really like the Software Centre in 10.04 (10.4?). It's intuitive to use, and if it means I don't have to use the (over-complicated) Synaptic Package Manager again, or go near the Terminal to install software, then it's a job well done.

PaulW

May 1, 2010, 2:48 am

I was quite excited about this release & couldn't wait to download both the desktop & netbook versions. My excitement was short lived - the Netbook version just wont install on a Samsung N130 & similarly the desktop version wont install on my HP desktop! I can, however run it from the CD on the desktop - the CD version is just as boring & lacklustre as its "brown" predecessor!





Big dissapointment!

gredawarha

May 1, 2010, 12:34 pm

Installed it last night on my desktop and on my recently converted girlfriends laptop. Runs smoothly, boots incredibly quick and does everything I need, gaming aside. Even managed to get it to play nicely with my Canon printer thanks to the superb Ubuntu forums.

WestHej

May 1, 2010, 4:51 pm

If steam comes to linux...!

gredawarha

May 1, 2010, 8:34 pm

Any chance of a full review, seems only fair as you did one for Windows 7 and Snow Leopard?

MSIC

May 2, 2010, 1:37 pm

Am a huge Ubuntu fan, i run the NBR version on my Netbook, and Xubuntu on an older laptop. My desktop however remains Win7, mostly due to 'Steam', although also because Win7 remains very good. If the rumours are true however about Steam on Linux, i for one would be very, very interested.

jingyeow

May 2, 2010, 11:04 pm

It looks like Steam wants to be to gaming, what itunes is to music. I hope Apple doesn't buy Steam/Valve.

star-affinity

May 4, 2010, 9:27 pm

@darkspark88


It's not very likely that Apple want to buy Steam at this time.


Most of the games in there are are available for Windows only, and while the amount probably will rise it will take some time.


Same goes for Linux, most games are made in DirectX so it will take some effort from the developers to convert stuff to OpenGL so it can run natively on Mac OS X and Linux.

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