Friday, January 15, 2010

Ubuntu 10.04 is expected on the first quarter of 2010

The free operating system Ubuntu's next version is expected to come on the mid of April 2010. The name of that version will be Lucid Lynx and It will be having Long Term support by Ubuntu.

Two major following technologies will be expected to implement in the upcoming Lucid Lynx.

1. Gnome 2
Ubuntu 10.04 will use Gnome 2.0 as its desktop environment, with the focus to shift to Gnome 3.0 thereafter.  This means the Lucid Lynx won’t look very different from previous releases, which is a bit unexciting.  But it also substantially simplifies the task of Ubuntu developers, who will have a longer period to prepare for the major changes that will accompany the adoption of Gnome 3.0.  Overall, this is a wise choice.

Shuttleworth anticipates Gnome 3.0’s debut, which should happen with Ubuntu 10.10, to be especially beneficial to users of netbooks and similar devices.  But for the time being, they’ll have to make do with the interfaces currently available.

2. Cloud Computing
The final major point of Shuttleworth’s speech is a continued emphasis on cloud computing, which has been at the forefront of Ubuntu server edition development since the 8.10 release.  Although he didn’t explain specifically how 10.04 will improve upon the cloud infrastructure available in current versions, it’s clear that Canonical expects the cloud to become a cornerstone of Ubuntu’s future on the server.

Investment in the cloud, as I argued a couple weeks ago, is a wise choice.  It will likely prove key to achieving the holy grail of a reliable revenue stream for Canonical, and may help redefine the way that Linux is deployed.

1. Updated packages
2. Gnome 2
Ubuntu Lucid Alpha 1 includes the latest GNOME desktop environment with a number of great new features.  
3. Linux kernel 2.6.32
4. KDE SC 4.4 beta 1
5. Hal removal
Lucid Alpha 1 sports full removal of the hal package, making Ubuntu faster to boot and faster to resume from suspend.

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