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Ubuntu's Lucid plans

Dec 18, 2009, 15:02 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Alastair Otter)

"With the focus on long-term stability, Lucid Lynx will err on the conservative side when it comes to new features. One of the things that will disappoint desktop users is that Gnome 3 won't be included in Lucid Lynx. Although Gnome 3 is due to be released in early 2010, and Ubuntu traditionally includes the latest Gnome release, this time around it won't. The obvious thinking behind this is that Gnome 3, which is a substantial change from Gnome 2, will have a few rough edges on launch. So instead of rolling out a LTS release with brand new software, Lucid will hold off. So the default desktop for Ubuntu Lucid will be Gnome 2.28.

"Naturally faster boot times can be expected in Lucid Lynx, although the talk about boot times in the region of 10 seconds is perhaps too optimistic. Ubuntu's current Karmic Koala release takes well over 30 seconds to go from startup to a login screen. Either way Lucid Lynx is likely to start pushing the barriers of how fast a PC can boot up.

"Ubuntu will also look at improving general speed, which will include tricks to speed up software installation by performing some of the installation while the remaining files are downloaded."

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