Canonical has just released the latest version of Ubuntu, 11.10 Oneiric Ocelot, to end users. Most prominent among its new features are upgrades to the Unity interface, the new shell introduced in version 11.04. New users can download the open source OS from the Ubuntu web site, and current users can try their luck upgrading their existing install through the Update Manager.

Other changes include the replacement of the Evolution email client with Mozilla Thunderbird, version 3.0 of the Linux kernel, and the ability for developers to sell software through the Ubuntu Software Center. Newer versions of Ubuntu's built-in apps, including Firefox and OpenOffice, are also included.

Ubuntu is officially available in both 32-bit and 64-bit versions, though ports (and forks like Kubuntu and Xubuntu) are available for other architectures and platforms as well. The next release, 12.04 ("Precise Pangolin"), is due in April of 2012, and will be an "LTS" or Long Term Support version supported by Canonical for three years after its release.

Source: Canonical

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  • Mundtly - Thursday, October 13, 2011 - link

    Good stuff! Can't wait to go home and download. Really impressed with Ubuntu's ease of use as of the last few years. Reply
  • MonkeyPaw - Thursday, October 13, 2011 - link

    Unity totally turned me off in 11.4. It's so dumbed-down it's not funny, and everything is so ridiculously oversized that you could use the OS from across the room. Here's hoping 11.10 is way better. Reply
  • damonlynch - Thursday, October 13, 2011 - link

    You can adjust the icon sizes on the left side to make them smaller. Personally I prefer them smaller. Reply
  • quiksilvr - Thursday, October 13, 2011 - link

    I'm just patiently waiting for Netflix support, then I can migrate over with little trouble. Reply
  • Pokestory1 - Friday, October 14, 2011 - link

    Google chrome's netflix app works, even without silverlight. Reply
  • quiksilvr - Friday, October 14, 2011 - link

    It does for Chrome book, not for Linux. Reply
  • blafrisch - Friday, October 14, 2011 - link

    Chrome OS is a Linux variant. Reply
  • Bateluer - Friday, October 14, 2011 - link

    It still doesn't work under full Linux OSs. Haven't heard of anyone getting it working either. Reply
  • Sivar - Thursday, October 13, 2011 - link

    The desktop LTS releases are indeed supported for three years.
    The server version of 12.04, as with every server LTS release, is supported for five years.
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  • StormyParis - Thursday, October 13, 2011 - link

    it's actually an indicator of what the problems with IT are. By the time something is debugged, tested, and ready for deployment, it's already obsolete. Reply

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