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A light look at Lucid Lynx
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Ubuntu Linux 10.04, "Lucid Lynx" is out.

Ubuntu 10.04 LTS: Lucid Lynx Benchmarked And Reviewed concludes:

The bottom line is that this operating system installed flawlessly on all five of our test systems. It also performed quite well, showing both significant and incremental improvements in most areas over the previous Long Term Support release. The stacked feature set, unparalleled ease-of-use, rock-solid stability, and heavy coat of polish make Ubuntu 10.04 LTS Lucid Lynx the most approachable Linux OS to date.

So, it is without an ounce of trepidation that we are unseating the now one year-old Ubuntu 9.04 Jaunty Jackalope and calling Ubuntu 10.04 LTS Lucid Lynx the desktop Linux distro king.

Via Slashdot. Since the review was "slashdotted", the server at Tom's hardware was swamped and I could not see it until the morning after it came out.

I have upgraded my two Ubuntu systems to Lucid Lynx. This is not the best practice: I should go back and reinstall from scratch. Maybe I will. So far the upgraded systems are working fine. A problem with mounting USB devices I had with the previous release has gone away. In fact Ubuntu may now be better at mounting devices than some people would like.

Saturday morning I went to an excellent presentation on Lucid Lynx at Penguins Unbound. There was a big crowd. During the Q & A session at the end the speaker, Tony Yarusso, also talked about other parts of the open source software scene.

I noticed some Asus Eee PC's in the crowd, and they were mentioned several times during the morning.
My own Eee PC 900 is now running Lucid Lynx, and seems to be coping with it OK.

The notes I took on my Blackberry, light edited, follow:

Installation and boot
LTS (Long Term Support)
Ubiquity (Ubuntu installer) revised.
Determines time zone from IP address
Kernel 2.6.32
Ext4 file sytem
Faster boot
Lubuntu new lightweight version. Xubuntu (using Xfce) just is not really lightweight anymore


Desktop:
Purple theme
Panel changes
Green msg indicator


Social Networking
"Social from the start" on desktop. "Me" menu. Uses gwibber for easy posting to FB, Twitter etc. Replies come back like instant msgs. [I am not really into this sort of thing, but I know a lot of people are.]

Simplified Nautilus menus.

New window buttons, on left. Can move, (I probably will)

Split pane view for copying files. Long overdue. I think I remember this from Windows 3.1,
but it was gone in Windows 95



Ubuntu Software Center
- much better
- concurrent installation. You can browse to install something more while your previous choice is being installed.
- built for future releases
- The GIMP not installed by default (More than most people need), but easy to get.


Apps
Ubuntu One: cloud
Ubuntu music store. No DRM
F-Spot improved. Hence the GIMP was dropped (see above)

Viewer "Eye of Gnome"
PiTiVi basic video editor
Simple Scan replaced xsane
Audacity not installed by defailt
"Hotmail is not exactly a high priority" [It is a Microsoft service]. Gmail is fine.


Server:
Direct LTS upgrad from 8.04
AppArmor improved
Kernel hardening
Encrypted. Home and private directories, rathr than entire partition
Turnkey mail svr (postfix etc)
UEC (Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud) better
Simpler firewall supporrt
RAID
Newer versions of svr apps
SAMBA 4 can be domain controller
KVM virtual machines can xfr memory as needed. Live migration. VM builder improves.

UEC/Amazon EC2 (Amazon) cloud mgmnt


Documentation
Ubuntu-manual.org free. Can pay for a printed copy from Lulu.

Official Ubuntu Book 5th ed. Out next month



Discussion
Disk utility (palimpsest) is real good.

Ext4 is a stopgap soln. Btrfs partially supported. Not for /boot or /root. btrfs is the future.

ext4 faster than ext3. Better fsck. Allows for bigger files.

gconf-editor to change window style, etc. Go to metacity (window mgr)

Netbook remix much better. Performance about the same as desktop

identi.ca. open source nonprop microblogging. Distributed model. Uses open source software from status.net. Like Twitter, also has 140 char limit. This is not arbitrary or based on the software: It is imposed by cell phone network technology. There are services using the software from status.net with post limits > 140 characters.

There is a blogging service with a 1400 character minimum. Must have been conceived by a Philo or English major ;-)>

Diaspora will be the same for FB what status.net is for Twitter, if it gets done. Got lots of publicity and much more funding than they had asked for . See Joindiaspora.com. Tony (the speaker) said the developers seemed to have cleaned up for the latest pictures.

Tony also mentioned BeeSeek, an open source search engine. He is doubtful about its practicality: You would need a lot of capacity and bandwidth to host it.

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How is it at running Flash files? A/V? Can it play music?

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