Ubuntu 11.10 'Oneiric Ocelot' hits the web

Sick of the hubbub about iOS 5? Here's a new operating system launch that might be more up your alley. Canonical put up version 11.10 of its Ubuntu Linux distribution earlier today, and you can grab it now from the Ubuntu website in a variety of formats—from live USB stick to Windows installer, for those not ready to commit to a full OS switch yet.

Highlights of this release include new versions of Compiz and Unity, a revamped Ubuntu Software center, Mozilla's Thunderbird e-mail client (which replaces Evolution), some fresh fonts, and a built-in version of OneConf, which "[keeps] your installed applications in sync between multiple computers." The end result looks pretty slick and polished, at least judging by the video below:

For more details on Ubuntu 11.10, you can peruse the full release notes on the official Ubuntu Wiki. Folks running Ubuntu 11.04 can follow the instructions here to upgrade their installations.

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