Today is 10/10/10 and Canonical today has released Ubuntu Linux version 10.10. I'm a big fan of Linux and I run Ubuntu Linux on one of my computers at home. I upgraded to version 10.10 this morning.
While users have a variety of Linux versions, called "distributions," to choose from, Ubuntu Linux appears to be the most popular.
Linux used to be an operating system designed for techies but the versions released in recent years have become more and more user-friendly, to the point where several Linux versions are now easier to install and use than Windows. Installing new software is easier on Ubuntu Linux than on any other operating system I have used. Most Linux software is available free of charge and can be installed with only a few mouseclicks, no technical knowledge required. More than 2,000 free programs are available, all of them easily installed. Installing new peripherals is usually easier on Ubuntu Linux than on other operating systems, if the peripheral is known and is already in Ubuntu's list of thousands of drivers.
Version 10.10 adds many improvements, including a new desktop interface called "Unity" that is made for small "netbook" computers and other devices that have smaller-than-normal screens.
Ubuntu One Basic provides a personal cloud for sharing and syncing files, contacts, bookmarks and notes, with 2 gigabytes of free storage space. Ubuntu One Basic has been available for some months, although the new version 10.10 adds several improvements plus a new beta client for Windows, allowing users to use the stored information on both Windows and Ubuntu computers.
Of course, Linux is well-known for its industrial-strength security and resistance to viruses and other malware. That security continues in the new release of Ubuntu Linux.
Ubuntu 10.10 is available free of charge.
The following is the press release from Canonical:
Latest Ubuntu Version Puts Focus on Consumers and Mobile
Ubuntu 10.10 adds features for desktop and netbook users
London, October 7, 2010: Canonical today announced the upcoming availability of Ubuntu 10.10 Desktop and Netbook Editions for download on Sunday, October 10.
Focused on home and mobile computing users, Ubuntu 10.10 introduces an array of online and offline applications to Ubuntu Desktop Edition with a particular focus on the personal cloud. Ubuntu Netbook Edition users will experience an all-new desktop interface called ‘Unity’ -- specifically tuned for smaller screens and computing on the move.
Ubuntu One, the personal cloud service for Ubuntu users, includes new services and expanded features, significant performance enhancements and interoperability with other operating systems including Google’s Android, Apple’s iPhone and Microsoft Windows.
The Ubuntu Software Centre, which gives users instant access to thousands of applications, games and tools, now includes the ability to purchase commercial applications, providing a unified portal for both free and commercial software. The Ubuntu community is putting renewed focus on attracting application developers and software publishers to make their work available to Ubuntu users. The universe of applications, both free and commercial, certified on Ubuntu continues to grow.
“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 free of charge, provides a personal cloud for sharing and syncing files, contacts, bookmarks and notes, with 2GB of free storage, access to music from the integrated store and (new in 10.10) 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. Users might find that they need extra capacity so 20GB blocks of additional storage can be purchased on demand.
Unity is a new interface for Ubuntu that is making its debut in Ubuntu 10.10 Netbook Edition. It is designed for highly mobile computing, making the most of precious screen space on mobile devices. The Unity interface also supports touch and gestures for the increasing number of devices that will support it, with larger icons and a more touch-intuitive interface.
Pricing and availability
Ubuntu 10.10 Desktop Edition is available free of charge for download from Sunday, October 10 from http://www.ubuntu.com.
Ubuntu 10.10 Netbook Edition (featuring the Unity interface) is available free of charge for download from Sunday, October 10 from http://www.ubuntu.com.
Existing Ubuntu users can upgrade directly from Ubuntu 10.04 LTS.
Ubuntu One is available from http://one.ubuntu.com.
Ubuntu One Basic is free of charge.
Ubuntu One Mobile costs USD $3.99 per month or USD $39.99 annually.
Ubuntu One 20-pack storage costs USD $2.99 per month or USD $29.99 annually for each 20GB package.
Ubuntu Software Centre and its applications can be accessed from the Ubuntu Applications menu.
Canonical provides engineering, online and professional services to Ubuntu partners and customers worldwide. As the company behind the Ubuntu project, Canonical is committed to the production and support of Ubuntu – an ever-popular and fast-growing open-source operating system. It aims to ensure that Ubuntu is available to every organisation and individual on servers, desktops, laptops and netbooks.
Canonical partners with computer hardware manufacturers to certify Ubuntu, provides migration, deployment, support and training services to businesses, and offers online services direct to end users. Canonical also builds and maintains collaborative, open-source development tools to ensure that organisations and individuals can participate fully in innovations within the open-source community. For more information, please visit www.canonical.com.