Software Update: Ubuntu 10.04 LTS

A new version of Ubuntu Linux is released twice a year. As with AMD’s Catalyst drivers, the release year and month form the version number. Canonical provides support for each version for a year and a half in the form of patches and updates. Once every two years, however, there is a special LTS edition, especially for business. The abbreviation stands for Long Term Support and means that support is provided for three years.

In addition to special desktop and server variants, there are also other performances from ubuntu. For example, there are Kubuntu, which uses the KDE SC instead of Gnome as a desktop environment, and Edubuntu, which is especially for education. In version 10.04, a version especially for netbooks has been added. Other innovations are the improved start-up time, the Me menu that makes it easier to keep track of all social networks and Ubuntu One, an integration of various on-line services. The most important changes are listed below for you:

New in 10.04 LTS:

  • 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 directly 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 Center 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.

Ubuntu 10.04 LTS screenshot, click on the image for a larger version.

Version number 10.04 LTS
Release status Final
Operating systems Linux, Linux AMD64
Website Canonical
Download http://www.ubuntu.com/getubuntu/download
License type Conditions (GNU/BSD/etc.)
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