Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx released

Ubuntu 10.04

Just a little over a month after the first beta was released, Canonical has officially let loose the latest version of its popular Ubuntu operating system. Ubuntu 10.04, also known as Lucid Lynx, has been a highly anticipated release within the Linux community.

The new version of the OS features much welcomed cosmetic changes, as well as some notable new features. The new theme takes on a darker, brown-less, Mac OS style look. By default, the window buttons are on the left side. However, this can be changed by the user. Feature wise, Lucid Lync brings a faster, more social experience to the user. With improved boot-up time and a new "Me" menu powered by Gwibber, and a built in video editing program, Ubuntu is sure to win over a lot of Linux fans.

Next up for Canonical is Ubuntu 10.10, Maverick Meerkat. For a small peek at some of the things we may see in the next release, visit our previous coverage regarding Ubuntu killing off their OS's notification area.

For those who aren't full-on, hardcore Linux users but would like to try it out alongside Windows, Canonical provides a program called Wubi. This nifty little application will allow you to create a dual booting system from within Windows.

To download Lucid Lynx, visit Ubuntu's download page. To view the release notes, go here.

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Just installed this with Wubi to give it a shot after being pulled back to Windows. I do have to say it "looks" amazing. The UI overhaul was a well needed change from the classic Gnome. I mean everything they did you could do yourself with patience, but the fact that it looks pleasing to the eyes out of the box is amazing. Graphics card support, wireless support, all out of the box, I'm feeling the tug, return to Linux....if only WoW worked smoothly, I'm about to experiment with that, got my Windows partition mounted so I'll see how different things run in wine. And this is an LTS edition, so that pleases me, :-)

Still crap support for IDT audio on HP notebooks, no ATI drivers(probably ATI's fault), but overall a nice release visually. Disappointed though with poor support for the IDT though, recompiling drivers every time it updates isnt appealing to me.

To move the window buttons you have to right click on the desktop and choose "Change Desktop Background" and there is a tab for Theme, you should find right side button themes in there you can change to.

I don't care for Ubuntu on its own, I'm waiting for Linux Mint 9. Its based on Ubuntu Lucid Lynx but it adds stuff not included with Ubuntu that are very handy and makes Linux even better to use out of the box (plus won't come with windows buttons on the left by default).

Quite impressed with the level of development on Ubuntu over the years, this latest version looks great can't wait to try it out. Its now very much becoming a more serious rival to the traditional Windows and Mac operating systems.

Ubuntu 10.04 Netbook Remix + Acer Aspire One 532h = Epic trackpad FAIL!
Touch the trackpad and the pointer just randomly moves all over the place.

SK[ said,]I am using the RC version. Do I need to download the ISO or will update manager update me?

Update manager will do the trick.

87% done getting Xubuntu 10.04

Edited by cork1958, Apr 30 2010, 11:57am :

Downloaded 10.4 AMD 64bit, booted, test, installed with wubi side by side with Windows 7 x64. Best of both worlds now

currently using 9.10 ubuntu, which i dual boot with win7. generally it has been ok. my only real gripe for the os is no hardware acceleration for h264 MKVs and no full support for most windows games (under wine). if these 2 weren't an issue, i'd jump to linux all the way. regardless, i still use this and other distros for other tasks (especially network-related stuff). will try this one and see how it goes.

jsilophi said,
no hardware acceleration for h264 MKVs

If you have an nvidia card there's VDPAU which provides hardware decoding. MPlayer, ffmpeg and xine at the least all support it.

Xtreme2damax said,
Any new screen savers? I really miss the jumping cows on trampoline's screen saver back from Breezy Badger.

The best "screensaver" I've seen was making the Compiz cube spin Haven't tried it myself.

Syanide said,

The best "screensaver" I've seen was making the Compiz cube spin Haven't tried it myself.

I've been using Compiz for a few years now (since it came out), and honestly, you get sick of the cube spinning and wobbly windows after 5 minutes. Don't get me wrong, Compiz has some very useful effects, ones I've come to rely on at work, but most of the ones you see in the demo videos are completely useless.

Cool, might give this a go I tried the beta version but only used it for 5 minutes as it was a slide show on VirtualBox, hopefully this version works better (9.10 runs great in Vbox).

ObiWanToby said,
What is the most performant VM out there? VMware Player, Virtualbox?

You mean running Linux guest on Windows host?
I would go for VirtualBox because it's the only one that support 3D in Linux guest. That means you can have the cool Compiz effects, and more important, it's FREE!

ObiWanToby said,
What is the most performant VM out there? VMware Player, Virtualbox?

I use Microsoft Virtual PC (Free), and it works well. But I've heard good things about other options as well... I'm not sure what the best one would be though...

ALUOp said,

You mean running Linux guest on Windows host?
I would go for VirtualBox because it's the only one that support 3D in Linux guest. That means you can have the cool Compiz effects, and more important, it's FREE!

Compiz effects would be neat, makes Virtualbox a better candidate for me then. I've been wanting to use Linux more, but want to run it concurrently with Windows, so I can fire up a game almost instantly.

Vmware player works quite well, supports my audio input and output and all, hopefully Virtualbox does the same.

Edited by ObiWanToby, Apr 30 2010, 2:34am :

ObiWanToby said,

Compiz effects would be neat, makes Virtualbox a better candidate for me then. I've been wanting to use Linux more, but want to run it concurrently with Windows, so I can fire up a game almost instantly.

Vmware player works quite well, supports my audio input and output and all, hopefully Virtualbox does the same.

It would but VirtualBox has buggy USB 2.0 support. Their USB 1.1 seems ok though as most indicate that disabling the 2.0 support allows the devices to work properly. Keep in mind that both VMWare Player and VMWare Server are free. It is just VMWare Workstation you have to pay for.

I installed the netbook remix on my Asus 1005HA and what a mess. Slow as hell and yotube was a slide show. Went straight back to Windows XP.

Deihmos said,
I installed the netbook remix on my Asus 1005HA and what a mess. Slow as hell and yotube was a slide show. Went straight back to Windows XP.

Did you look for drivers, particularly the graphics?

Deihmos said,
I installed the netbook remix on my Asus 1005HA and what a mess. Slow as hell and yotube was a slide show. Went straight back to Windows XP.

Your doing it wrong.

Aq3e said,

Your doing it wrong.

prolly was, but its saying something when you can just go back to the other OS(xp) without having to do anything to get it running.. for being a user friendly distro, you shouldnt have to do anything to get it running.. it should just work..

Aq3e said,

Your doing it wrong.

Not doing anything wrong. The netbook remix is just slow and judging from the ubuntu forums i am not alone. There are no drivers to install also and flash video on a whole sucks.

@billius: people consider windows user friendly yet until 7 you pretty much had to install most drivers manualy.

Was using ubuntu since version 8.x to the beta of 10.0.4 lucid just seems so nanny state I dnt like it, so switced to fedora 12, also the GUI just seems way to mac like eeewwwwww!

robert_dll said,

You would get the same behavior on XP without proper drivers.

It's possible to have youtube play better than a slideshow? What?!

/scarcasm

Deihmos said,
I installed the netbook remix on my Asus 1005HA and what a mess. Slow as hell and yotube was a slide show. Went straight back to Windows XP.

same here i tired the wubi install on my pc and two hours into it i deleted it and went back to windows 7.

Deihmos said,
I installed the netbook remix on my Asus 1005HA and what a mess. Slow as hell and yotube was a slide show. Went straight back to Windows XP.

I was liking the look of Ubuntu 10.4 at first, but now im realizing this is the worst linux release i have ever used. The UI is unresponsive. And its not lag, its bugs. Things like opening the appearance menu, then a sub window to change window borders screws it up, where the active window is clicked through. The menu bar at the top regular becomes unresponsive, having the update manager open means i cant click other windows. Gonna say this is a crap release and stick with my Win7, problem free and fast.

Deihmos said,
I installed the netbook remix on my Asus 1005HA and what a mess. Slow as hell and yotube was a slide show. Went straight back to Windows XP.

Try the 2D edition. You can select it at logging in at the bottom.

Wubi makes it extremely easy to get up and running. Created a 30gb partition (max Wubi allows) and have been in love with Ubuntu ever since.

bangbang023 said,
Wubi makes it extremely easy to get up and running. Created a 30gb partition (max Wubi allows) and have been in love with Ubuntu ever since.

Amazing, there goes my unused windows xp partion, Ubuntu here I come