Quick Look at Lucid
Ubuntu just released the beta 1 version of their new LTS (Long Term Support) Distribution, Lucid 10.04. The theme is based on "light" and it looks great. Here's what to expect and what not to expect when you first install this new flavor of Ubuntu:
The first thing you notice when you launch the live CD is Ubuntu's new logo. Don't worry, they still have the basic logo but they added some new typography and use the logo like a registration mark. They went with the black desktop theme for their default, which is fine, but they moved something around. The window manager buttons went from the right side to the left, which is difficult at first if you are not used to it.
When I went to go launch Firefox: lo and behold the default search engine is Yahoo! I found this very interesting. Way to go Canonical! I am assuming they are getting some funds to help pay their developers.
Ubuntu has added a new Social Networking tool called Gwibber Social Client. Gwibber is an interesting application. It integrates your Flickr, Twitter, StatusNet, Qaiku, Facebook, Friendfeed, Digg, and Identi.ca all in one easy-to-use application. Empathy added the option to use Facebook chat which is really useful, especially if you use lists with your Facebook friends. Your contact list will be separated by the Facebook lists you have created.
Something that is missing with the new version is our old friend Gimp. Unfortunately Gimp is NOT installed by default, but it is in the repository, making it easy enough to install. I wish they would allow me to customize the sound scheme, because the only option you have is sounds or no sounds.
I heard a little rumor that Ubuntu would be adding a new Software Center where they will have paid applications, but fortunately they didn't take that path. Although they did add a Featured Applications section, they have a Canonical Partners section too.
Lucid means transmitting light, and that is what this new distro does. In short, it is shiny with a great looking GUI that isn't too boggy.
Zach Schneider is a web developer and Linux enthusiast. Find him on Twitter, @ZKM.
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