As an Ubuntu man myself, here is quick post to flag the latest version – Sunday saw the cyclical release, by Canonical, of this particular Linux distro. With customary animal-based alliteration, version 10.10 is known as The Maverick Meerkat (succeeding the Lucid Lynx of 10.4).
(Ubuntu is arguably the most user-friendly of the Linux distros, and is supplied pre-installed on some Dell machines, among others.)
“Ubuntu 10.10 for desktops and netbooks is our most consumer-friendly release yet,” said Jane Silber, CEO of Canonical. “Ubuntu One’s personal cloud services will put Ubuntu at the heart of many users’ computing worlds even when they need or prefer to use other platforms. Unity has the opportunity to change how we think about our use of computers and the Software Centre will bridge Ubuntu with the applications users need to switch to the world’s best OS.”
Ubuntu One Basic, available for freee, apparently provides a personal cloud for sharing and syncing files, contacts, bookmarks and notes. There is also, in this release, a beta client for Windows, allowing users to integrate their Windows and Ubuntu worlds.
As part of the paid Ubuntu One Mobile service, applications are now available for Android and iPhone so users can stream their music collections from their personal cloud to their mobile devices and synchronize contacts, states Canonical.
To find out more of what’s in the release, check out the Ubuntu website.
This is how the release was announced on lists.ubuntu.com:
Some time ago a group of hyper-intelligent pan dimensional beings decided to finally answer the great question of Life, The Universe and Everything. To this end, a small band of these Debians built an incredibly powerful distribution, Ubuntu. After this great computer programme had run (a very quick 3 million minutes…or 6 years) the answer was announced. The Ultimate answer to Life, the Universe and Everything is…42, and in its’ purest form 101010. Which suggests that what you really need to know is ‘What was the Question?’. The great distribution kindly pointed out that what the problem really was that no-one knew the question. Accordingly, the distribution designed a set of successors, marked by a circle of friends…to ultimately bring Unity to all things living…Ubuntu 10.10, to find the question to the ultimate answer.
And with that, the Ubuntu team is pleased to announce Ubuntu 10.10. Codenamed “Maverick Meerkat”, 10.10 continues Ubuntu’s proud tradition of integrating the latest and greatest open source technologies into a high-quality, easy-to-use Linux distribution.
The Maverick Meerkat will be supported for 18 months on desktops, netbooks, and servers. Simples.