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29 April 2010, 18:40

Canonical releases Ubuntu 10.04 LTS "Lucid Lynx"

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Ubuntu Logo Following the release of three alphas, beta 1, beta2 and a release candidate, Canonical has announced the release of the final version of Ubuntu 10.04 LTS, also known as "Lucid Lynx". This Long Term Support (LTS) edition of the Linux distribution has a new look and feel, better Ubuntu One integration, a new installer and improved hardware support.

The new version of Ubuntu is based on the 2.6.32 Linux kernel and is the first LTS release since 8.04 arrived in April of 2008. It includes the latest software and updates, while adding a number of new features and updating the distributions overall look. Canonical CEO Jane Silber says that, "Ubuntu 10.04 LTS challenges the perceptions of the Linux desktop, bringing a whole new category of users to the world of Ubuntu."

Previous LTS versions focused on optimising overall system stability and didn't include a lot of new features. The LTS versions of the Ubuntu Linux distribution, itself based on the Debian distro, are supported for three years for the desktop releases and five years for server releases, while the standard releases are supported for 18 months of updates for both the desktop and server versions. Support for the previous desktop version - 9.10, expires in April 2011.

The release comes after the Ubuntu developers decided to respin the ISO images at the last minute due to a bug in the GRUB bootloader. This may delay the release of some versions. The Desktop, Server and Ubuntu Netbook Edition (UNE) releases of Ubuntu 10.04 LTS are available to download from the Ubuntu site.

More details about the changes and new features in Lucid Lynx are available in the feature "What's new in Ubuntu 10.04 LTS".

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