Ubuntu Gears Up for Windows 7 Showdown

by CXOtoday Staff    Oct 27, 2009

Canonical has made it official - Ubuntu 9.10 Desktop Edition, the latest version of Ubuntu will be available for free download on October 29.

The  announcement comes just days after the launch of Linux’s arch nemesis - Windows 7. What it means for these two OS remains to be seen, but for now let’s concentrate on what Canonical is promising with 9.10.

Ubuntu 9.10 features have been redesigned, says Canonical, with a faster boot and login experience, along with a revamped audio framework, and improved 3G broadband connectivity. Canonical has also included a Netbook Remix interface for use on small form machines.

Furthermore, the ‘100 Paper Cuts’ initiative organized with the Ubuntu community allowed users to nominate minor annoyances that impacted their enjoyment of the platform. So far, over 80 fixes have been committed, removing minor irritants such as inconsistent naming or poorly organised application choices. Larger scale user experience improvements include a refreshed Ubuntu Software Centre, giving users more easily understood information about open source.

Ubuntu 9.10 also includes the integration of ‘Ubuntu One’ as a standard component of the desktop. Ubuntu One is an umbrella name for a suite of online services, which were released in beta in May 2009. Ubuntu One provides an enhanced desktop experience, simplifies backup, synchronization, and sharing of files with an expanded set of features including Tomboy Notes and contacts synchronization.

Developers interested in writing applications that run on Ubuntu now have a simplified toolset called ‘Quickly’, which makes it fun and easy by automating many of the mundane tasks involved in programming. ‘Quickly’ also helps users ‘package’ the code and distribute it through the Ubuntu software repositories. Ubuntu developers will now find all code hosted in the Bazaar version control system, which is part of the fully open source Launchpad collaboration website.