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Ubuntu 10.04 LTS (Lucid Lynx) now available to download

Canonical has announced the availability of Ubuntu 10.04 LTS (Lucid Lynx) in server, desktop, and netbook editions.
As well as sporting Linux kernel 2.6.32 Lucid Lynx includes the following new features and improvements:
  • Boot speed: Noticeably quicker on almost any machine and super-fast on SSD-based machines such as netbooks, which means users can speed straight to the browser for fast web access.
  • Social from the start: The new ‘Me Menu’ in Ubuntu 10.04 LTS consolidates the process of accessing and updating social networks including Facebook, Digg, Twitter and Identi.ca. The Me Menu also integrates chat channels so users can talk with friends or colleagues on Google Talk, MSN, IRC and nearly every network.
  • Ubuntu One: Enhanced desktop integration for the online service means files and folders can be shared and saved on the cloud more easily. Bookmark and contacts sharing has been added, speeding the move from personal computer to personal computing.
  • Ubuntu One Music Store: Music from the world’s largest labels and greatest bands available direct to Ubuntu users through the default music player. Purchase tracks, store in Ubuntu One and share DRM-free music from one location across multiple computers and devices.
  • Ubuntu Software Centre 2.0: An easy way to find new software, and keep track of it once it’s installed in a new, sleeker interface. Users can also single out software provided by Ubuntu, by Canonical partners or by developers who use Canonical’s Launchpad Personal Package Archive (PPA) hosting service.
  • Ubuntu 10.04 Netbook Edition (UNE): As well as benefiting from the improvements in the Desktop Edition, netbook users will see even faster boot speeds on SSD-based devices, faster suspend/resume that will extend battery life – and the industry-leading interface for these smaller screens.
Other updates include a switch to open source Nvidia drivers by default, plug-and-play support for iPhone and iPod touch, and a new default theme called “Light” which will surely be a welcome change from the brown tones of previous editions.
As this is the long-term support (LTS) edition Canonical includes three years of support for security and maintenance updates. After that you’ll just get the next LTS release which will again be free to download and use.
Ubuntu 10.04 LTS is available to download now from the Ubuntu download directory.
Read more at Ubuntu and Blogsdna
Matthew’s Opinion
Although I don’t have a PC running Linux setup yet I have started experimenting with it through VMWare and VirtualBox. I’ve tried using Fedora, Linux Mint, and will try Peppermint Linux when it finally gets released, but I keep coming back to Ubuntu.
If you are thinking of trying 10.04 through VMWare please note that there is a bug which stops the keyboard from working until you change some settings. You can find a temporary fix at the Reformed Musings blog.

Canonical also had a release day bug that stopped other operating systems loading once 10.04 was installed. That has now been fixed so you can download with confidence.
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