There is a new initiative from the Canonical/Ubuntu Design Team to do a much better job communicating their thoughts, ideas and plans to the wider community. They have started a blog at http://design.canonical.com/ that I believe is worth reading regularly. Fire up your RSS feed reader and subscribe after taking a look at the wonderful foundation they have created to kick things off.
EDIT: I should mention that the main way that the Design Team communicates is via the ayatana mailing list. You can find it here: https://launchpad.net/~ayatana
I’m sitting in one of the first sessions of Ubuntu UDS for the upcoming 10.10 release listening to Mark Shuttleworth speak about the philosophy and future of the distribution. This is going to be an amazing release with a ton of new development and goodies. Since 10.04 LTS was just released and is a Long Term Support release, the focus was to release a version that could be supported for a long time and which had more of a focus on software options and sources that will be stable and consistent for two years. The focus on 10.10 will be innovation of a new foundation on which to build in preparation for the next LTS in 2010. More to come.
If you want to join in on a session, you may do so remotely and your participation is welcome.
I just received my copy of Ubuntu Up and Running. I had the privilege of being one of the tech reviewers, so consider this more of an announcement than a review (as well as an invitation to take a look and see if the book interests you–Robin Nixon is a good writer). It is similar in focus to another book that I have contributed to heavily, The Official Ubuntu Book; (5th Ed coming very soon!). Both are aimed at being an introduction of Ubuntu to people new to Linux, but each covers the topic differently and in differing depth and each has information that the other does not.
The Ubuntu team is pleased to announce Ubuntu 10.04 LTS (Long-Term Support). Codenamed “Lucid Lynx”, 10.04 LTS continues Ubuntu’s proud tradition of integrating the latest and greatest open source technologies into a high-quality, easy-to-use Linux distribution.
We are also pleased to announce Ubuntu 10.04 Netbook Edition, which is not a long-term support release.
Read more about the features of Ubuntu 10.04 LTS in the following press releases:
Desktop and Netbook editions http://www.ubuntu.com/news/ubuntu-10.04-desktop-edition
Server edition http://www.ubuntu.com/news/ubuntu-10.04-server-edition
Ubuntu 10.04 LTS will be supported for three years on desktops and five years on servers. Ubuntu 10.04 Netbook Edition will be supported for 18 months.
Thanks to the efforts of the global translation community, Ubuntu is available in 29 languages. For a list of supported languages and detailed translation statistics for these and other languages, see:
For years people have complained about Ubuntu’s default color: brown. While I liked it, and while the last few releases have been more orange than brown, it was time for a new look. Jono Bacon has made an exciting announcement on his blog, with pictures, of the upcoming new look. I like it.
The Ubuntu Free Culture Showcase is an opportunity to show off high quality free culture content in Ubuntu. At the heart of Ubuntu’s ethos is a belief in showcasing free software and free culture, and with each development cycle we open the opportunity for any Free Culture artist to put their work in front of millions of Ubuntu users around the world. Although the space restrictions are tight, and we are limited to how much content we can include, this is an excellent opportunity for artists everywhere.
You are invited to participate! The deadline for submissions is February 28th, 2010. If you are into Free Culture and want to participate, please check out the link and add your shiny, free content and you may find something you created included in Ubuntu.
An article today on the ITWorld website discusses the myriad reasons to expect Ubuntu to continue its growth, not only on the desktop, but in the server market. They interviewed my friend and coauthor, Ryan Troy, who is quoted heavily in the article.
Some of the reasons include licensing, ease of use, low cost, and regular updates.