Ubuntu 10.04 brings new user interface


— 5:02 PM on April 29, 2010

About every six months, Canonical comes out with a new version of its hugely popular Linux distribution. Ubuntu 10.04 is now available for download in regular and netbook remix editions for both 32-bit and 64-bit systems. Version 10.04 has the LTS label, which stands for long-term support and means Canonical will continue to provide updates for three years after release.

As the launch announcement explains, Ubuntu 10.04 has a shiny new user interface, quicker boot times, and even a built-in music store loaded with songs free from digital rights management. (You know, in case Amazon MP3 is too capitalistic for you.)

Canonical has made a number of other additions, too. One of those is the Me Menu at the top right of the screen, which "consolidates the process of accessing and updating social networks including Facebook, Digg, Twitter and Identi.ca." The menu also integrates with chat networks like Google Talk and MSN. And there's the revamped Ubuntu Software Centre 2.0, which lets users seek out, install, and remove applications from one place—a concept alien to Windows and Mac OS X users.

On the netbook front, Canonical promises some of the same perks plus faster suspend and resume times. Boot times are purportedly "even faster" on netbooks that have solid-state storage, as well.

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