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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  • prophet001 - Friday, October 14, 2011 - link

    Why lol?

    I just asked a question.
    Reply
  • K-thiraband-com - Thursday, November 03, 2011 - link

    IDK. In some circles it's considered common knowledge, but not everyone is as tech savvy as the slice of the interweb populace that hangs around here. Maybe it struck him as humorous that an Anandtech commenter wouldn't know that. Reply
  • hechacker1 - Thursday, October 13, 2011 - link

    I'm using openWRT, which is a linux based distro for consumer routers. It supports many different architectures (ARM, MIPS, x86). The list goes on. Reply
  • bupkus - Friday, October 14, 2011 - link

    Now if only I wanted to turn my smartphone into a router. ;) Reply
  • Taft12 - Monday, October 17, 2011 - link

    Tethering? Reply
  • Silmarunya - Thursday, October 13, 2011 - link

    Finally, this release fixes the disaster that Unity was in 11.04. It has very modern and stable repos and all the goodies we came to expect from Ubuntu.

    Sadly, its boot time slowed down yet again, a trend that has been going non stop since version 10.04. Same thing for power consumption (some issue with PCI-e power management seems to be the root issue, but it only affects Ubuntu for some reason).

    If you're new to Linux and don't want any sort of learning curve, nothing beats Ubuntu. If you want something user friendly but don't mind adapting a bit, Fedora is so much better in every way.
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  • bupkus - Friday, October 14, 2011 - link

    this release fixes the disaster that Unity was in 11.04

    Which is why I'm using Linux Mint.
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  • Silmarunya - Friday, October 14, 2011 - link

    Do you really like Mint? Benchmarks often show it to be the slowest of the big boys and it has a great deal of Windows envy. Oh, and it's the most commercial distro around with its Mint Search and advertising and donation-begging everywhere.

    Ubuntu is great and Unity became a very valid contender in 11.10 (now that it's finally properly accelerated, comes with a pure 2D version for old hardware and fixed some odd design choices in the initial release).

    I'm starting to like it better than Gnome 3 in some ways. And it certainly beats the bloated pig that Mint's custom skin is - and the even fatter KDE desktop.
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  • Bateluer - Friday, October 14, 2011 - link

    I've had good luck with Mint, but 11.04 chugged like a snail on my Atom 330 and Ion net-top. You say 11.10 is accelerated, does that include the Ion GPU? Reply
  • Silmarunya - Saturday, October 15, 2011 - link

    If you could boot into Unity in 11.04 without getting a GNOME fallback, the answer should be yes. Reply

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