"Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu, is pinning its
hopes of OEM acceptance on the Lucid Lynx. We've put the screws to
this new Long Term Support (LTS) release, comparing it to
Canonical's previous LTS release, 8.04 Hardy Heron, to look for
"It has been a little over two weeks since the final code for
Ubuntu 10.04, codenamed Lucid Lynx hit the Internet. Last time, I
had to wait a month before getting into 9.10, due to heinous
errors, crippling bugs, and excruciatingly slow software
repositories. Thankfully, none of this occurred with 10.04.
"And it shouldn't. You see, Ubuntu 10.04 carries the LTS
acronym, which stands for Long Term Support. Every six months, a
new version of Ubuntu is released into the wild, but it's only once
every two years that we get to see an LTS. The last LTS release was
in April of 2008, when Ubuntu 8.04 Hardy Heron made its debut.
These releases are especially important because this can make or
break Ubuntu for OEM sales. Hardware partners, who could
potentially sell systems with the OS pre-installed, will be looking
to the LTS release as a benchmark for both quality and stability.
Developers, too, will be paying close attention. Creating
compatible software for Ubuntu should be much easier, and more
likely to happen on the longer release cycle."