The next version of Ubuntu’s “human Linux” has arrived and ready for first Official Release with Ubuntu 10.04 LTS a.k.a Lucid Lynx.
Basically, Lucid Lynx dropped the human Gnome theme and adopts a new dark “Ambiance” theme thats a lot more smoother on your eyes. Apart from that it updates Gnome to the latest version with bunch of new utilities. The Application manager called “Ubuntu Software Center” gets a significant update giving it a new look, bringing Featured apps to the forefront.
On a side note, Just hours before the release, Phoronix reported that a new critical bug (bug #570765 ): when installing Ubuntu 10.04, if the user had other operating systems installed (it doesn’t matter if that’s Windows or another Linux distribution), GRUB2 will not detect them. In any case, it’s now fixed and the distro is available.
What is Ubuntu 10.04 LTS?
Ubuntu 10.04 is a long-term support (LTS) release, which means that its users will receive package updates for an extended period of time. A Typical Ubuntu versions get 18 months of updates, but LTS releases are supported for 3 years on desktop computers and 5 years on servers. Apart from that expect stability and robust infrastructure from LTS. LTS are low on new Features, rather its more about stability.
Apart from what is already said about the new theme, Ubuntu 10.04 introduces several usability improvements and heightened consistency thanks to ongoing efforts like the Ayatana project and the 100 Papercuts initiative. Ubuntu now gets an overhauled panel notification area into a combined grouping of embedded menus, called application indicators, which have more consistent behavior and appearance. Helps reducing the clutter.
Social networking integration
Lucid gets a nice social Networks Integration with “Social From The Start” initiative powered by open source project Gwibber.
Cloud Sync & Ubuntu One
Ubuntu One brings a commercial cloud synchronization service to the Ubuntu desktop. Major parts being mobile synchronization (iPhone, Android, others) and a New Music store (iTunes Alternative) whih wors with popular Ubuntu player: Rythmbox.
Apart from what is said, there are lots of bug fixes and even some nitty-gritty stuff like inbuilt support for iPhone Sync on Ubuntu.
Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx is available for Download at http://www.ubuntu.com/getubuntu/download.