5 reasons why Ubuntu Lucid Lynx may be a game changing release.

It is not the most profitable of those in its class, neither is it the oldest nor the classiest. However, it is the most popular and that popularity is set to increase come this April with the release of the LTS edition of Ubuntu Linux.
All things being equal, the release of Ubuntu Lucid Lynx is likely to be a game changer in its own right and help increase the awareness among more people about the existence of alternatives to Windows. The following five factors will definitely play a crucial role in this regard.

Music Store
There is an active development of a music store similar to Apple’s iTunes that is set to debut with the release in April. If there is one notable thing lacking in Ubuntu, it is the apparent existence of a music store that will complement the music library of its users. I don’t know what form that will take, but I know it is going to answer on of the most asked for features of the distro.

User manual
There is currently a survey running seeking to see what aspects of Ubuntu users would like to have covered in a user manual that will be debuting in April with the release. What I foresee is a situation where people can actually download an Ubuntu ISO, burn it to a CD and get the OS running all with the help of an official manual. Imagine how glad people will be to actually have an official manual in hand when they try Ubuntu for the first time.

Boot time
I personally have not tried any of the alpha releases yet, but from the various reviews that I have seen, it is clear Ubuntu Lucid is on its way to achieving its 10 second boot time goal. Google Chrome received lots of buzz because Google says it will boot and be ready for use in seconds; that is only a browser based OS. Now imagine having a full fledged one booting in 10 seconds. I can only see the smiles on the faces of users, both old and new.

User input
Linux distros are mostly community driven by their user communities, but I am very firm in my belief that the input of users to the upcoming release is quite rare. From the unofficial poll asking which proprietary apps to include to the above mentioned survey on the content of the manual, one thing stands out- Lucid Lynx is going to be the release of the masses.

ZaReason, System76 and Dell are among the the OEMs that have Ubuntu preloaded boxes. Also given the fact that the next release is an LTS, I can foresee an increase in the marketing activity of these manufacturers to try to penetrate new markets. That will only go a long way to help increase the ever increasing popularity of the distro.

For the above reasons and more, the next release of Ubuntu come April 29 is likely set to be a game changer in its own right. Sure Windows 7 is not doing bad, but Lucid Lynx is going to give it a run for all the billions pumped into it. What do you think? Is Lucid the game changer it’s going to be business as usual? Would you even try it out?

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40 Replies to “5 reasons why Ubuntu Lucid Lynx may be a game changing release.”

  1. At least for the past 3 releases, Ubuntu has been projected as being "for the masses"!

    To me, personally, its got to do with the user community we are trying to address. As is no secret, Windows holds the top rank among users right now. A desktop environment that mimics windows interface closely (but does not copy it pixel-to-pixel) is better suited.

    So, Canonical, IMHO, should throw its developer weight behind Kubuntu and customize it for end-users just as they are doing with Ubunutu (GNOME).

    KDE has long been blamed for being too windows-like. It seems that might just work in favour of (K)Ubuntu, that is if Canonical really wants it to.

  2. Reasons it won't:

    1.) Too much command line usage needed. When will they ever alleviate this?

    2.) Just as buggy as previous releases. They keep getting buggier and buggier with every release. I don't expect the next one to be any different.

    3.) Still dependent upon another distro. They're still just a "spin" of a real distro – Debian. Until they become their own ground-up distro like Fedora, OpenSuse, Slackware, or Mandriva they're a wannabe.

    4.) Lack of true development of anything substantial. Yes, they do good bits of small stuff they keep in-house and don't share with the rest of the Linux community upstream very well, but nothing major and substantive.

    5.) They're still only a mediocre distro experience. There simply is little else a user can't get elsewhere. The only thing that sets them apart is the community, and even that annoys users who come from a previous Linux background to death with all the die hard fanboyism.

    I see a time when Shuttleworth tires of spending millions trying to keep Canonnical afloat and pulls the plug. They still lose money, and he still bankrolls it. There has to be an end…

  3. rule24: Mark actually addressd the issue of profit during the Open Week:

    (12:29:36 PM) jcastro: QUESTION: when and how do you see Canonical making a profit?
    (12:29:58 PM) sabdfl: from services, and in due course.
    (12:30:16 PM) sabdfl: to a certain extent, we choose to expand faster than our revenue base
    (12:30:28 PM) sabdfl: because we want to deliver a great solution across desktop, netbook *and* server
    (12:30:34 PM) sabdfl: so we are starting three businesses in one
    (12:30:41 PM) sabdfl: which is harder than three times one 🙂
    (12:30:54 PM) sabdfl: if we wanted to, we could scale back our goals and break even sooner
    (12:31:09 PM) sabdfl: but i worry that we are the main hope of genuinely free free software
    (12:31:15 PM) sabdfl: and i want to deliver that everywhere

  4. rule24 said: 2.) Just as buggy as previous releases. They keep getting buggier and buggier with every release. I don't expect the next one to be any different.

    I think you're completely wrong here. Unlike previous releases (even LTS), Ubuntu is making a real commitment to stability and hardware compatibility. With Lucid, they've made 4 crucial changes to their development and release policy:

    1)Based on Debian Testing, not Unstable.
    2)Syncing with Debian feature freeze threshold, to attack the same bugs at the same time.
    3)More conservative decisions regarding apps installed by default.
    4)Only 3 Alphas and more Betas/RC.

    So, IMHO Lucid may not be the Linux for the masses (there are a lot of other factors to consider here), but it will likely be the best Ubuntu release ever.

  5. If you require a very stable system Debian is for you. If you prefer the latest software and features Ubuntu is the thing.

    Ubuntu has a strict 6 month release cycle. There is a limit to how much tests and bug fixes are possible to perform during this period. Debian on the other hand will only release once it is completely stable.

  6. Ubuntu 10.04 won't change anything. Stop dreaming. Free alfa/beta quality OSS crappy software cannot beat Windows or Mac OS.

  7. Don't know who Anonymous was, and why he's so scared to pony up his name, but Linux already destroys Windows in my house. I've got both Windows and Linux installed, and I'm in Linux 99% of the time. It's not that I hate Windows, but it just keeps letting me down… Recently, Facebook began slowing to a crawl if I have more than one chat open at a time in Windows. Not so in Linux. Runs like a scalded cat on my Core i7 monster.

  8. I for one am awaiting the release eagerly. I think Lucid is going to be super-stable (as the previous few releases have been) and (as we know) very fast boot (as weel as everything else) times.

    I have two concerns (on behalf of Joe the User):
    1. is the prettiness factor – Windows 7 and Mac do look pretty swish, and of course with some configuring so can Ubuntu. but out of the box it still looks much the same as 8.04… I heard something a while back about this being remedied, but not seen anything as yet.
    2. is flash. BBC iplayer is still an annoyance to get working (you can't pause or skip without Flash 10/air which is an arse to install, of course get-iplayer is brilliant). This needs to be made very easy (correct me if this is no longer an issue).

    To a lesser extent there is the gaming situation but give it a couple of years…

  9. ruel24 said…
    Don't know who Anonymous was, and why he's so scared to pony up his name

    You're parents named you Ruel24? That's pretty cool.

  10. You Forgot to tell about the most important thing.ARM CPU's.Pegatron will release new netbooks and nettops running Ubuntu on their powerfull ARM CPU's.Running windows these days is pathetic,usefull only for games but if you want to play games go for a PS3.

  11. Anonymous No1
    I'm also seriously of the same view that much attention and publicity should also be paid to Kubuntu. It is actually is able to match Windows boot for boot in terms of eye candiness.

    With regards to the issue of CLI, I think Ubuntu has done a great deal accommodate as many people with any CLI knowledge as possible. Of course there is always room for improvement.

    As for the issue of bugs, *sigh* I'm yet to see a bugless OS, be it Windows or Linux or Mac OSX.

    Correct me if I'm wrong, but is it not the right to build upon the works of others that make Open Source in general and Linux in particular so great and perpetual?

    I don't know what you mean by lack of development of anything substantial, but I think Ubuntu has single handedly done a great deal to advance the cause of Linux than any other distro.

    With regards to your last point, sure then why not also point out a single distro that has something so unique to it that cannot be had anywhere else???:-)

    Andy, you know in terms of prettiness, I think Kubuntu trumps the Gnome based Ubuntu hands down and gives both Windows and Mac OS a run for their money.

    Flash has so far not been an issue on Karmic as far as I know. I cannot though vouch that that is the case elsewhere but I think your concern is genuine and my co author will look into it and if need be get in touch with the development team.

    Hi Manolis, thanks for bringing the Pegatron netbook point to our attention. It honestly escaped me. Thanks. And you are spot on, running Windows can at times be very annoying especially with WGA and their damn updates.

  12. Thanks sinaisix.

    To be more specific: in Karmic, without fiddling, bbciplayer can play but not pause, "scroll" or go fullscreen – This is terrible. There are (I have) similar, but less infuriating, problems with 4od.
    A lengthy terminal based workaround still leaves me with not entirely satisfactory results. (I'll check if it now "just works" after updates with my friends laptop – Windows no longer boots, +1 Ubuntu.)

    Most of my friend use their computer only for (they're getting old): documents, photos, films, internet and bbc iplayer/4od. Ubuntu excels in all bar the last… unfortunately IMO it's a deal-breaker.

    On the prettiness side: I hear that window transparency "RGBA" should be included by beta 1. But you're right, KDE is vastly superior…

    I think Anonymous 3's initial attempt at spelling "alfa" needs a bug-fix. Oddly enough I wrote a bug-less OS once, unfortunately the code is too long to fit in this box.

  13. For the first time in 'buntu history (I think), Lucid Lynx is being built on Debian Testing rather than Debian Unstable. I am currently testing Xubuntu Lucid Lynx (Alpha 2) and it is not only noticeable faster than Karmic, but much more stable. All Long-Term-Support versions of the 'buntu family should be that way. Lucid will be awesome – Alpha 2 already is!

  14. It won't be awesome, just watch. It will be business as usual.

    Music Store; who cares. I already have a music store in Ubuntu, so how is that a game changer?

    User Manual; oh so Conanical finally figured out that users need something like this. Now lets see if they can actually put useful information in it that is not all command line.

    Boot Time; again they want to talk about boot time? I don't care how long it takes Windows to boot, IT WORKS with all my hardware.

    User Input; Yah the "community" really cares what I have so say. That must be why all my comments and suggestions are called "offensive" by so many "community" members.

    OEMs; Yes now this is a big deal and would be a game changer if something were actually changing in this regard with it is not.

    What is holding UBUNTU back, the UBUNTU community is. You all don't want everyone to use your software, just the people you like, who all agree with you and will think and act like you. You do not want to accept others and their differences or even hear them out or treat them like human beings.

    Case in point, I have asked for a port of William Whitaker's Words program for Linux or Unix. Did it happen? Hell no. Developers were too busy making a GUI for a game about selling drugs. I asked for a port of VULSearch. I told that my request was "offensive" because my religion was involved. They wouldn't even consider doing it even though the program is GPfuckingL. Nice way to force me to use Windows guys.

    On top of all that, Lucid will probably be just like every Ubuntu release, the second you plug in some strange webcam, you loose your sound until you REINSTALL the ENTIRE OS.

    Do you want to use OpenOffice.Org 3.2; tough luck, you have to run the version of OOO that Canonical tells you to run. Doesn't that sound like the way Apple does things? On Windows I can download any version of OOO I want and run it if I like. I am using Karmic now, so why can't I get the new Thunderbird? Because Canonical says I can't. What would happen if someone didn't want to upgrade their ENTIRE OS but instead wanted to keep Karmic and also use Thunderbird 3.1; Tough.

    The worst part of dealing with UBUNTU is the community. I can't stand you all and you have made it clear you can't stand me. One of you even said I should be hung for not voting for OBAMA of all things. You don't tell me how to vote.

    You all tell me that I am a slave or that I am evil for using closed source software. Well, I don't feel evil about it and I don't see you guys going to church with me so maybe judgement should be going in the other direction on this one. Oh, but then you bring up "thou shalt not judge", the only bible quote the typical UBUNTU community member knows.

    If you really want to make UBUNTU a game changer this is what you do. Give us the option of having closed source software on our systems and let us install any software we want from upstream. Stop all the "our definition of free only" crap and give us real freedom to use open or closed source as we choose. Ubuntu is nice now but wait till Google eats your lunch and then another competitor like Solaris on the Desktop finally gets its act together and you will be toast. Bye bye linux "community" garbage.

  15. that is one unsatisfied person.. whoaa…Ubuntu is not for you then, don't use it. It is about choices, use whichever fits you.

    Anyway, I also feel the same. I 'll use what ever best suited best for me. For long it was plain DOS programs… then win95,98SE and WinXP. (Exclude WinME and Vista- these wont work for me!) I tried win 7 and like it and then ditch it… nothing new that can surpass Karmic tech – Just a lot more eyecandy.

    And right now the best OS/ app for me is Ubuntu Linux with MS Office 2007 (Dont like OOO).

    Again, quit complaining… use what do you want to use…

  16. ive turned a a half dozen ppl onto ubuntu over the last quarter year. some of them are so tech leery, i was absolutely surprised to see one in particular embrace ubuntu so readily… as for me, i would completely ditch windows, but there is one HUGE problem for me. i jaiblbreak and mod my iphone all the time. there was a release for redsn0w a while back for linux, but its obsolete now. i keep dual boot xp for this purpose, which sux. even virtualbox xp would be better, but usb support is limited. another handy idea would be something along the line of wine but for darwin/mac. ppl hate change, and more would get their feet wet and learn to swim if they could acclimatize first without diving in and being stuck without their favourite apps.

  17. I am impressed with lucid lynx I have been running the alphas since they came out a couple of months ago – I havent experienced one crash. And from the time I hit the on button to the time my desktop is up is just 19s. My wifi is up and running within 30s of switch on. Thats very impressive, OK I'm on a net book with ssd drives but I have nothing but praise for this version.

    eee 901

  18. ubuntu is a very good, stable os, but i don't think it's good enough for genral desktop use, hardware vendors don't release drivers for linux, to get some things working often invloves using cryptic commands from the command line, also some of the alternative programs such as open office, are no where near as good as the proprietary versions, trying to get devices such as blackberry's or ipods synchronized correctly is troublesome, if at all possible. if it was not for these issues, i would be running linux no doubt about it, but i can't see these problems being sorted anytime soon.

  19. Since two months I have placed 9.10 on both our machines. It does not work flawless for my wife (who is a real computer illiterate) but it works. No more freezing up because of programs running in the background. Machines are a core-duo and an i7-920). I have tried distributions for about 5 years and I believe that at this level it really could start to work.
    And for the nah sayers: the list of people I have helped with their broken windows machine is long, very long. Also in the windows world there is always this friend, nephew or simular required.

  20. –Am a Lucid Lynx Beta2 version user.

    –Well,user interface is fine-at par with windows and with wobbly and stuff it outweighs windows.

    –No anti-virus and other complexities.

    –It wud be gud if all games on Windows are compatible with Linux.I dont htink such sort of extensions r released,r they?

    –Can v install games on windows and access those games from Linux?Explain wat i shd do,if possible!

  21. For niranjan:

    Install "wine" (WINdows Emulator)
    Gives you a virtual windows machine on your Linux box. 8^)
    Have been using it for several months to play various versions of Diablo games from Blizzard without any problems.
    I am running an AMD64 Athlon x2 based system and can have wine and several other apps all running at same time with no noticeable slowdown of game play.

  22. All of you miss the more important feature! No more brown by default. Just kidding =), I have like one year with Ubuntu and its excellent. Right now, I'm waiting six hours for update :/… Bad mirror, bad mirror!

  23. "Case in point, I have asked for a port of William Whitaker's Words program for Linux or Unix. Did it happen? Hell no. Developers were too busy making a GUI for a game about selling drugs. I asked for a port of VULSearch. I told that my request was "offensive" because my religion was involved. They wouldn't even consider doing it even though the program is GPfuckingL." Interesting. Well not really. There is a Ubuntu christian edition my mindless trolling friend. They have programmers that will gladly help you.

  24. I've been using ubuntu for my laptop for nearly 2 years now, and with previous releases I've always had to spend quite some time getting sound, webcam, proprietry graphics for ATI, etc to work. This time, however my setup experience has been phenomenal. literally everything worked off the bat, including video through my HDMI port. I am duly impressed. Boot time is unbelievable as well!

  25. Well, I realize I'm posting a bit late for this article, but it being the 5 of May as I'm writing, I've had some time to sit and play with Ubuntu 10.4, and I'm delighted to say that it has been one of the best experiences I have ever had with an operating system. And that's saying something. I'm not a die hard Linux fan, actually, I've hardly ever used it. I build my own computers, usually a combination of recycled parts and new ones as needed, and that mix has never been good for Linux. I've never even gotten another distro to install. I have had better luck with Ubuntu, but I have still been plagued with plenty of problems once its installed. With this version of Ubuntu, I've been wowed and amazed. It has all of the flair of the major operating systems being released right now, and all of the functions I need. And as a tech that is used to having to help others through the installation of operating systems, I'm confident that I could hand over a copy of the CD to someone else and not even have to worry about them trying to install it. Its that quick, and that easy.
    As some one who has almost exclusively used Microsoft software for almost two decades, I'm impressed, and I'm not sure I'm going back to windows for anything but gaming. If Ubuntu could solve that without the use of wine, I'd probably switch over everything I do to Ubuntu 10.4. I really am that impressed by it, because I've never thought a community driven operating system could have that much polish and support.

  26. I am new to Ubuntu and and the whole Linux scene. Last week I tried Ubuntu. Earlier this week I tried Kubuntu. Both clean installs of the 10.04 release, just testing.

    I think the big problem with sound and Ubuntu is the PulseAudio. Ubuntu would not properly recognise my sound card. So it would fall back to OSS through PulseAudio. OSS I believe does not allow more than one pogram at a time to use sound. Legacy thing I guess.

    Kubuntu on the other hand found my sound card properly and works great. No missing sound. No PulseAudio or OSS in the way.

    That issue combined with how great the KDE environment is compared to GNome has me stating with Kubuntu. So now, I am dual booting Windows Vista(came on this computer) and Kubuntu and couldnt be happier.

    I reinstalled Vista so it was "clean". I use it just for gaming and a couple of apps that there simply is no substitute for in Linux.

  27. I use an HP Pavilion DV6-1110ax and the 9.04 version was a headache to run, provided i used an internet connection through my mobile phone that the 9.04 would not even care to respond to even after several tries…
    Today, however, Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx has great looks, good functionality and what more, i dint even need to find the drivers for my phone to get connected to the internet. Still more surprising was that as i configured the connection for the very first time, the OS knew which number to dial from just the name of the service provider. Liked it really. Great one. Thinking about leaving my Windows 7 professional original as a sidetracked OS!!!

  28. I installed Ubuntu 10.04 last week on my 2 year old Asus laptop.

    To my surprise everything worked this time out of the box, including sound, webcam, wireless and my old HP4300C scanner. As a matter of fact the scanner does not work with Vista.

    Start up is not the 10 seconds I've heard about. From switched off, my laptop takes about 45 seconds till fully working including making contact with the internet using wireless. Vista takes about 2 minutes to do the same.

    The OS itself works well. No sign of instability and more responsive than Vista. A few applications I downloaded on the other hand did not work properly, but these are less common applications, so it is not a big issue. If they crash they can be closed without any stability issues to the OS itself.

    The looks of Vista are still nicer I think, although the Lucid Lynx can be changed enough to please me.

    My conclusion is that Ubuntu 10.04 is a serious step forward in getting to an OS that is really useable and hence a serious Windows alternative for the average user. My only concern is hardware support of exotic hardware and specific software that a user might need.

  29. whoa , that is what we call a troll, now if he want something that "works" and something that "is unique" then why he don't create his OS?? …my post comes late to this but as i write this comment im on Ubuntu Lucid Lynx , everything works perfectly , some tweaks around the OS and is the way i want it, no complaints!! .

    This is truly a big improvement in comparison with previous Buntu distros, i was really surprised when i booted side by side my Windows 7 Machine and My Ubuntu Machine.

  30. i've been an ubuntu user for more than a year since i left microsoft and fell in love with ubuntu. i just installed 10.04 in my laptop… while i had a lot of concerns with karmic koala (like being so buggy and slow, which frustrated me enough i've thought of trying mandriva and open suse), this one is very fast! i love it. i think the ubuntu that i used to love (8.10 when i started and it was super fast compared to my windows xp), is back.

    i'm in love with it again. 🙂

  31. I have lucid on a laptop and it works wonderfully. I tried upgrading to it from Karmic on my dual core and was dismayed to find that it barely functioned. Slowest O/S I've seen since windows 98 with several hundred malware programs running in the background.
    I'd sure like to know how to get Lucid working the way it does on my laptop!
    Anyone else had this problem?

  32. Just installed Ubuntu 10.4 (netbook version) on my netbook…dual boot with Windows 7…my first Linux look and see. I've been a forever Windows user. First impression…wow. Simply awesome performance. Great look and feel (actually prefer it not to look like windows). Simplicity at its finest in installing software. Installed some dev IDEs…great stuff…I think this is a definite viable alternative to windows…the apps will come…gonna go write one now.

  33. Listen, I have the stupid habit of trying Linux once and again. I try every bloody new version in deep just because I like to follow what is new and always have the stupid hope that the new version is going to be finally usable.

    But it's not. It is always crap. From the beginning. My Windows 7 with Aero just flies in my cheap laptop, it is absolutely fast same as XP was. But I still have to find a Linux distro that is not slow as a turtle and full of bugs in every possible way right from the first day.

    Honestly, Linux is great if you can't afford Windows, but the difference is huge in a million and one issues. Linux is and surely will always be a piece of crap and a toy for computer nerds and nothing else.

    Ubuntu Lucis is as awful (and ugly) as any other version. Nothing really changes. Make it fast, smooth, accurate, well finished, good looking, and forget about that lot of technical questions that users never notice.

  34. This past weekend my grandson brought his laptop to me to see if I could get it working. It had a corrupted windows system and would'nt even boot. I installed Ubuntu Lucid Linux from a CD that I had and the laptop took it and installed the OS perfectly. I have one happy grandchild. He should have no problem with Linux (kids are much more tech savvy than us older folks.) I have been running Linux for about three years now and will never go back to Windows. I must admit that my computer originally had Windows on it and still has. The last time I opened Windows was about four months ago and that was to dump everything in order to take Windows back to it's bare0bones roots.

  35. I am fairly new to Ubuntu and Linux in general. I loaded LL for the first time just a few days ago. I just wanted to see what all the fuss is about.

    So far I am VERY impressed. Anyone who thinks it doesn't look as good as Windows or Mac is just plain stupid…or blind…no offense intended to the blind. It looks great.

    I wanted to build a RAID array to test stability for possible future use in a backup image server. It took me a few hours to get everything figured out (my brain runs has been trained for many years on Windows lol 🙂 ). Built a RAID0 array and it runs like a champ. I know…RAID0 is not technically RAID at all, but I just wanted to do it. Next I will see if I can get it to do RAID 0+1. If that doesn't work I'll go with RAID 5.

    Everything is running very smoothly. It will take me a while to learn the ins and outs of Ubuntu, but I'm picking it up fairly quickly.

    I think the main thing that is keeping Linux (more specifically Ubuntu) out of the spotlight is how tech-savvy you need to be to really manipulate it. I don't know what bugs some of you are mentioning, but then again I haven't been able to put Lucid through the full gamut of testing. It has worked very well for me.

    I wish I were able to play my steam games on it. If I could combine the stability of Lucid with the power of my personal machine all of my games would be incredible.

    Anyway…just wanted to say I am very impressed and pleased with Lucid. Great work.

    My only complaint is that the Linux community seems to have an air of arrogance sometimes, or at least it is perceived that way. And it is evident in the OS. Not just anyone could do whatever they want with it. Don't think of Microsoft and Mac as "evil." They are not evil. In their own way each is very powerful and offer things that Linux simply doesn't give you. As for stability, I use Windows XP Ultimate by Johnny on my machine and it has never failed me. NOT ONCE. I think it is wrong to think that only one OS is the best out there. The XP version that I use is best for what I do. Mac is best for others.

    Overall I really like Ubuntu, but at this point I am still too ignorant to how it works to know how to make it do the things I want lol. Wish me luck 🙂 If any of you have any useful tips or can point me in the right direction for instruction I would greatly appreciate it.

  36. ZACH

    Check out WINE this gives you a windows environment on linux. I use it for game playing and so far (over 6 months now) it has worked very well for me.

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