Now that the dust has settled following the release of Ubuntu 10.04 aka Lucid Lynx, it is worth a look back at some of the most popular Lucid Lynx related posts on this blog. Here we go
5 Reasons why Ubuntu Lucid Lynx May be a Game Changing Release– By far the most popular post on Lucid here that attracted over 10,000 hits from Google alone on the day the Lucid Lynx was released and following few :-).
What if the Lucid Lynx boots in 10 seconds?- Written during the excitement surrounding the announcement of Google Chrome OS by Google last year.
Ubuntu Lucid Lynx- Separate home partition by default– A suggestion about making the installer separate the home partition by default
Ubuntu is not suitable for you if– Quite a controversial one that was written in response to the 14th comment on the first item linked above.
It probably now sounds like a cliche, but the Lucid Lynx is the best release Canonical has come out with since its inception. The following 5 lessons can be gleaned from the overwhelming success of Ubuntu 10.04 by other Linux distros which can go a long way to help increase the overall market share of Linux in the desktop OS market.
This is reflected in every decision that is taken with regards to all spheres of development. Be sure to know who you want to use your distro, whether it’s the geek who reads his newspaper through the Linux terminal or the granny who wants to send a birthday email to her 7th grand son.
Sure you may dislike proprietary software or system in one way or the other, but never ever despise the people that use those systems. I think this simple but over looked fact is part of the success of the Lucid Lynx. As an example, I have read comments after comments of how people are now able to flawlessly use their iDevices on the Lucid without any need for fidgeting whatsoever. Other Linux distros must try as much as possible to accommodate the needs of people that use other systems, not try to shove the distros own ideals down their throat.
3.Try to become an answer
Ubuntu Studio, Lubuntu, Edubuntu, Ubuntu server among others are part of what I call the Canonical suite which helps to gain more users in that it is able to meet more needs. Do not narrowly focus on being just an OS, try to be an answer to more specialized needs.
4.Clearly define the role of your community
It is necessary to clearly define the role your user community will play in the growth and development of your OS. The faux pas that happened following the change of the window buttons from right to left in the Lucid Lynx could have had a devastating consequence had it been a smaller distro.
5.It does not hurt to apply marketing to Linux
If there is any one Open Source company that does marketing right, it is Canonical. And as is clear now, it does not hurt at all to invest some time and if possible some money to marketing your distro, it really pays.
These are the five lessons that can be gleaned from the critically acclaimed Ubuntu Lucid Lynx. I know there are more that I have not thought of and would be more than happy to have you point them out in the comments.
Update: Over on Identi.ca, @mohanpram brilliantly suggests if it can even be made to autorun for new users to Ubuntu. If you are new, there is a handy and concise manual that will run you through what Ubuntu is. If you are an old comer, you just skip it. Win- win. Thanks pal for your input.
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