"Ubuntu Linux is gearing up for the debut of its latest release
with Ubuntu 10.04, codenamed "the Lucid Lynx" and scheduled for
general availability at the end of the month. It's a release that
offers multiple new features on the desktop and a new look to
"The Lucid release could also help to further accelerate
adoption of Ubuntu, which has been growing over the last several
years. In 2008, Canonical, the lead commercial sponsor behind
Ubuntu, pegged the number of Ubuntu users at 8 million. It's a
figure that could have increased by as much as 50 percent or more
since then, insiders say.
""We have no phone home or registration process, so it's always
a guesstimate. But based on the same methodology that we came up
with for the 2008 number, our present belief is that it's somewhere
north of 12 million users at the moment," Chris Kenyon, vice
president for OEM at Canonical, told InternetNews.com"