Canonical announces release of Ubuntu 10.04

Written by Agencies | New Delhi | Updated: Apr 30 2010, 19:05pm hrs
Canonical announced the upcoming release of Ubuntu 10.04 LTS Desktop Edition, the latest version of the popular Linux desktop distribution, which includes three years of support with free security and maintenance updates. It will be available for free download on Thursday 29 April and will be pre-installed on a range of machines from a number of manufacturers in Summer 2010.

The desktop edition of Ubuntu 10.04 LTS will feature extensive design work, faster boot speed, social network integration, online services and the Ubuntu One Music Store.

"Ubuntu 10.04 LTS challenges the perceptions of the Linux desktop, bringing a whole new category of users to the world of Ubuntu," said Jane Silber, CEO, Canonical. "Changes like the new look and feel and the addition of a music store, layered on top of our relentless focus on delivering an intuitive and attractive user experience for new and existing Ubuntu users -- these are the bridging elements to the mainstream market that our community, our partners and our users really want. Long-term support makes Ubuntu 10.04 LTS very attractive to corporate IT as well."

"Ubuntu is a world class operating system and Ubuntu 10.04 is a big leap forward," said Arun Khanna, Chairman Olive Telecommunication.

Olive today announced in India that it will offer its customers Olive Zipbook V-x108 featuring Ubuntu 10.04 Netbook Edition.

"Olive is shipping netbooks in the Indian market and we see good customer demand for our joint offering, added Mr. Khanna.

New in 10.04 LTS:

Boot speed: Noticeably quicker on almost any machine and super-fast on SSD-based machines such as netbooks, which means users can speed straight to the browser for fast web access.

- Social from the start: the new 'Me Menu' in Ubuntu 10.04 consolidates the process of accessing and updating social networks including Facebook, Digg, Twitter and Identica. The Me Menu also integrates chat channels so users can talk with friends or colleagues on Google Talk, MSN, IRC and pretty much every other network.

- Ubuntu One: Enhanced desktop integration for the online service means files and folders can be shared and saved on the cloud more easily. Bookmark and contacts sharing has been added, speeding the move from personal computer to personal computing.

Ubuntu One Music Store: Music from the world's largest labels and the world's greatest bands available direct to Ubuntu users through the default music player. Purchase tracks, store in Ubuntu One and share DRM-free music from one location across multiple computers and devices.

- Ubuntu Software Centre 2.0: An easy way to find new software, and keep track of it once it's installed in a new, sleeker interface. Users can also single out software provided by Ubuntu, by Canonical partners or by developers who use Canonical's Launchpad PPA hosting service.