Canonical has announced the general availability of Ubuntu 9.10 Server Edition and Desktop Edition for free download as of 29 October 2009. The downloads should be available on all mirrors by 18.00 (SAST). Ubuntu Netbook Remix will also be updated with features common to the Desktop Edition.
Ubuntu 9.10 Desktop Edition features a redesigned, faster boot and login experience, a revamped audio framework, and improved 3G connectivity. The ‘100 Paper Cuts’ initiative organised with the Ubuntu Community has seen over 50 fixes to interface annoyances.
Larger scale user experience improvements include a refreshed Ubuntu Software Center, giving users better and more easily understood information about the software they have available. This helps to bring the world of open source applications closer to the user.
Ubuntu One – an umbrella name for a suite of online services which were released in beta in May 2009 – has been introduced as a standard component. Ubuntu One simplifies backup, synchronisation, and sharing of files with an expanded set of features including
Tomboy Notes and contacts synchronisation.
“Ubuntu 9.10 gives users more reasons than ever to seriously consider Linux at a time when many are thinking again about their operating system options. We are delivering a platform for users interested in an easy-to-use, great-looking, web-friendly operating system,” says Jane Silber, COO at Canonical.
Ubuntu 9.10 Server Edition introduces Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud (UEC) as a fully supported technology. This is an open source cloud computing environment, based on the same Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) as Amazon EC2, which will allow businesses to start taking advantage of the possibilities of private clouds.
“Ubuntu 9.10 Server Edition puts Ubuntu users at a unique advantage of being able to quickly and simply deploy and manage cloud environments,” says Matt Zimmerman, CTO of Canonical.
“We strongly believe that businesses which are already embracing virtualized environments will take the next logical step to these self-service, super-efficient architectures and that Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud will be at the heart of that effort,” he concludes.