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Ubuntu's Lucid Lynx: a (free) Mactastic experience

Apr 30, 2010, 18:32 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Scott Gilbertson)

"Ubuntu 10.04, officially available as of Thursday, is an important update for this popular Linux distro. It's a Long-Term Support (LTS) release the first since 8.04 two years ago, and it wraps social network with media capabilities and a brace of online services in a brand new look.

"As an LTS edition, Lucid Lynx will be supported for the next three years on the desktop and five years on the server instead of the usual 18 months of free security updates.

"Therefore, it will set the scene for Ubuntu for a decent chunk of time and provide a launch pad for the distro's move down a more refined and user-friendly path that subsequent releases should build upon.

"Ubuntu founder Mark Shuttleworth wants Ubuntu to beat Apple's OS X on features and interface polish. While Lucid Lynx still has some rough edges, this release is a huge leap for UI design in Linux and puts Ubuntu well on its way to Shuttleworth's goal."

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