New look Beta version of Ubuntu 10.04
The beta version of Linux Ubuntu 10.04 LTS, code named Lucid Lynx, is now available.
Close to one month until the final version is released on the 29th of April 2010, a beta version of Ubuntu 10.04 has been made available for the first time. This 10.04 engine will be labelled LTS for Long Term Support, with support assured for three to five years for the desktop version and five years for the server release, in addition to commercial technical support made available by the company.
Led by Mark Shuttleworth, a new visual look has been announced for Ubuntu 10.04. The first beta version will also offer two new themes (Ambiance and Radiance) with one having a darker look then the other, leaving the products traditional brown look behind, while new logo’s have also been designed.
For in depth changes, Ubuntu 10.04 beta 1 will operate on the Linux 2.6.32-16.25 core based on version 126.96.36.199. The HAL packet (Hardware Abstraction Layer) has been completely removed with the aim of faster start up and return from standby.
The Nouveau drivers provided by default will offer support of NVIDIA hardware, replacing the previous open NV driver. It supports Kernel mode-settings and improved 2D management. This driver has come about through reverse engineering development works conducted by the community, with its main aim being to handle 3D. Not everything will be available straight away though, with only three NVIDIA drivers being available for the moment, although it is possible to install the three packets at the same time (a single configuration is available for each use).
The desktop environment is GNOME 2.30 RC (2.29.92), with numerous software packets already up to date for this release including Firefox 3.6, which no longer offers Google as the default search engine, but rather Yahoo! through a partnership agreement signed with Canonical. You will also see that packets have been updated like likewise-open, with their latest release version 5.4 in addition to support for Active Directory authentication also being provided.
Ubuntu 10.04 has also attacked social networking via the MeMenu offering, allowing you to manage Twitter, identi.ca, Facebook and other accounts - instant messaging included. The social networking options are handled by the open source Gwibber microblogging applications. You will also native the appearance of the PiTiVi application which allows you to edit videos, while the GIMP picture editing software program has disappeared, which has lead to some rumours.
With Ubuntu 10.04, Canonical has the aim of offering an alternative version of Linux which also takes on Apple’s iTunes at their own game, with the Ubuntu One Music Store offered to users of this platform (integrated into the Rhythmbox player).
More details with download links are available in the release notes. Among the other flavours of Ubuntu, Kubuntu 10.04 beta 1 is available with KDE SC 4.4.
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