After Every six months(April and October), I am waiting for release of the .04 and .10 version of Ubuntu Systems. I am always eager to see the updates in the updated versions. And so, here I am waiting for the April Version of Ubuntu 10.04, named as “Lucid Lynx“.
So Lets take a look on to what are the features in Lucid Lynx: The new style in Ubuntu is inspired by the idea of “Light“.
1. Gnome 3 though awaited to be there in the release. Lucid still has Gnome 2.x version used in it. So there will not be many changes in the look and UI part. It is of course to be expected that Gnome 3 will have a lot of rough edges at its birth, which again doesn’t make it ideal in a LST release.
The upcoming Gnome 3 that is to be released early 2010, can already be tested in an early stage in Ubuntu 9.10. If you want to test the Gnome Shell, install the package “gnome-shell“,
open a terminal and enter the command “gnome-shell –replace&“.
2. More Fast Boot: After using Ubuntu 9.10, I am sure that the system boots extremely fast, takes very very little time. And I suppose that 10.04 will also lead to the same experience. Boot speed has been a hot topic for a long time now and Ubuntu has come a long way in the last few releases. For Ubuntu 10.04 the target boot speed is 10 seconds! The reference platform for this target is a Dell Mini 9 netbook with a slow CPU and fast SSD that makes it an excellent “middle of the road” machine. Some people’s machines will be slower, some will be faster.There’s also a plan to improve the speed on the installation process. Currently when installing packages in Ubuntu the download is a separate step from the unpack/configure. Ubuntu will be able to install package faster by doing downloads and installs in parallel. While downloading the cpu and disk are mostly idle. While installing the network is idle. Doing them in parallel is a good way to utilize both systems.
Under the hood Ubuntu 10.04 will also be switching to using a swap file, instead of a separate partition. This will allow on-the-fly resizing.
A graphical OS selector is planned for switching (rebooting) between two or more operative systems. The preferred version of the graphical OS selector will have easily recognizable logos for the installed OSs. This will require a lot of work and might not actually land in 10.04.
3. New Boot Splash :
4. Some other Features:
Mozilla FireFox: Default search engine has been changed to Yahoo! Default Home Page will use either Google or Yahoo! depending on user setting.
Linux Kernel: It includes the 2.6.32-14.20 kernel based on 188.8.131.52.
The likewise-open package, which provides Active Directory authentication and server support for Linux, has been updated to version 5.4. The package supports upgrades from both the officially supported versions 4.0 (Ubuntu 8.04 LTS) and 4.1 (Ubuntu 9.10), as well as the likewise-open5 packages from universe. Since this upgrade involves a lot of configuration file changes and in-place database upgrades, testing and feedback is appreciated.
SNS-> Go Social: Ubuntu now feature built in integration with Twitter, identi.ca, Facebook, and other social networks with theMeMenu in the panel, which is built upon the Gwibber project, which has a completely new, more reliable backend built on top of desktopcouch. Gwibber now also supports a multi-column view for monitoring multiple feeds simultaneously.
Ubuntu 10.04 will be out on 29th April, 2010
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