Canonical has made Ubuntu Lucid Lynx Beta 2 available for download for those who are willing to have a look at the new Ubuntu before it's stable version is released at the end of the month. The latest version of the popular Linux operating system is slated for a release on 29 April, 2010.
What are the new features in Ubuntu Lucid Lynx?
- Ubuntu 10.04 includes the latest GNOME desktop environment.
- It includes the 2.6.32-16.25 Linux kernel based on 22.214.171.124, which includes lots of hardware and graphic enhancements. (The latest stable release of the Linux kernel as on 12 April, 2010 is 126.96.36.199.)
- The Kunbuntu build uses KDE SC4.4.
- Lucid Lynx has also removed HAL (hardware abstraction layer) from the boot process, thereby reducing the time taken by Ubuntu to boot.
- The open source Nouveau video driver is now the default for nVidia hardware.
- The new Ubuntu also has two new themes—Ambiance and Radiance—along with fresh icons and wallpapers.
- One of the important new features in Ubuntu Lucid Lynx is the built-in integration with Twitter, identi.ca, Facebook, and other social networks. The Gwibber project-based MeMenu in the panel makes using social networking more easy from Ubuntu. Gwibber is the popular microblogging client for Linux.
- Yahoo! has replace Google as the default search engine in Firefox and its homepage, though there is the option of switching to Google homepage.
A screenshot of the new MeMenu in the Ubuntu Lucid Lynx. (Image: Ars Technica)