Ubuntu 10.04 About to be Released

The newest version of Ubuntu (Lucid Lynx 10.04) has been set to be released on April 29, 2010. Beta 1 is now available for testing. Beside better look (they will switch from the former default Human theme to Ambient theme) than 9.10, the new version is making big improvements in the following areas…

  • Even faster booting and shutting down – the full removal of HAL from the boot process makes Ubuntu faster to boot and faster to resume from suspend. Moreover, multiple changes to look, feel and speed of the boot experience have been included in the Ubuntu 10.04
  • If you experienced a blank screen when trying to install Ubuntu in the past, you will not this time as the Nouveau video driver is now the default for nVidia hardware. This driver provides kernel mode setting, which will give improved resolution detection during Ubuntu installation. Moreover, three different NVIDIA proprietary drivers – nvidia-current (190.53), nvidia-173 and nvidia-96 – can be installed all at the same time although only one can be used at a time
  • Music store added. Now millions of songs can be purchased from the Ubuntu desktop, integrated with the Rhythmbox Music Player and using Ubuntu One cloud storage for backup and easy sync.

We are testing Beta 1 right now and will update this entry if we find anything else to be worthy of updating.