Hello, Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx!

Finally, the day that a lot of avid Ubuntu users were waiting for, is here! The latest version of Ubuntu – Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx – is finally available for download. Ubuntu users from all over have been hammering the Ubuntu download mirrors just to become one of the first to be finally using Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx.

Features, features, features!

“Lucid”, as it’s affectionately called, contains lots and lots of new features not only for the average user, but also for the webphile and power users alike. Although apparently first seen already since the Alpha and RC (release candidate) releases, Lucid contains chocful o’ goodies for everyone. Although some of the not-so-apparent changes were met with mixed emotions from hardline Ubuntu users and even purists, Ubuntu’s new offerings will definitely attract new users, and elicit more Ubuntu love from established users.

Lucid Lynx sports the recent versions of staple and new applications like:

  • Firefox
  • OpenOffice.org
  • Empathy chat client
  • Evolution
  • FSpot
  • Movie Player
  • Pitivi
  • and more!

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Editions for any Task

In similar vein with previous versions, Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx comes in various editions to fit various requirements. It comes with a Desktop Edition, Server Edition, and the Netbook Edition (UNE) also known as Ubuntu Netbook Remix (UNR).

It’s a Social World

Lucid Lynx is aiming to attract not only conventional desktop users and power users. It is now targetting users who frequent social media and social networks. Expect Lucid to work well with your favorite social media web services like Facebook, Picasa, Flickr, and Twitter just to name a few.

Ready for the Digital Warrior

Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx is ready and capable for the digital warrior. Lucid Lynx users get a free Ubuntu One account, an all new service that Canonical launched to complement Lucid Lynx’s social readiness. Ubuntu One provides a cloud-based storage that will allow users to store bookmarks, contacts, music and pictures online and access them anytime, anywhere, anyhow.

Entertainment and Games

Aside from Ubuntu One, Lucid Lynx also sports an all new Ubuntu Software Center. Think of it as your “simplified”  Synaptic on steroids. Probably a cross between Synaptic, Apple’s iTunes, and Xandros’ CNR. You can also take advantage of Pitivi for video editing, and Movie Player to complement your video viewing pleasure. If Pitivi and Movie player aren’t quite up to your taste, a short trip to the Ubuntu Software Center might yield the app you need.

An old but new beast – is it a Lynx or a Cheetah?

Under the hood, Lucid Lynx contains lots and lots of improvements, so innumerable that they won’t fit in this article. Lucid has been made to go fast and responsive, with all the bells and whistles for the avid web citizen. I suggest you visit the Ubuntu website to take a peek at all the features that Lucid has to offer.

And need I remind you that you get all of this for free? I guess not.

What came and went

There might be some things that were sacrificed in order to make Lucid lean and mean. And one of those that really irked the existing Ubuntu user base was the exclusion of GIMP from Lucid. Some users argued that GIMP should remain included “out of the box”. However, even if GIMP was not included in the final build, GIMP is still available in the repositories. A short trip to the gnome terminal and typing “aptitude install gimp” should do the trick. Or go ahead and install GIMP using the new Ubuntu Software Center and see how it works. I don’t really think it’s that big of a deal.

Lucid now sports a new theme as well. It now sports a darker chocolate look with a mix of regal purple and orange thrown in. Gone are the bush and earthy clay browns. GUI improvements abound. I’ll leave them to you to discover. I prefer not to be such a spoiler :) .

All in all, Lucid appears to be, and definitely seems to be a very, very solid release for Ubuntu. And with an LTS on its belt, I’m expecting to be using Lucid for a whole year or perhaps more, just like its older sibling Jaunty Jackalope.