On Friday, Canonical released Ubuntu 10.04 (Lucid Lynx). Amongst it’s features/changes/improvements are a newly designed GUI and startup screen, changes in their color scheme and logos, and improved social networking capabilities. Lucid is a LTS (Long Term Support) release, which is the equivalent of Microsoft releasing a new version of Windows. The interim releases (Jaunty Jackalope, and Karmic Koala for example) are the equivalent of Microsoft releasing Service Packs for the latest version of WIndows. The main difference is Canonical releases every six months on schedule—where Microsoft releases when the updates are ready.
If you’re upgrading from an earlier version of Ubuntu (or in my case Kubuntu), especially from Hardy Heron, Jaunty Jackalope, or Karmic Koala, one thing you will notice during the upgrade is that Canonical also upgrades most of your programs to the latest versions. Even some of your third party programs (like myth-tv) are upgraded. On my desktop, the upgrade went smooth as silk—even though the desktop was built in 2003. On my laptop, it wasn’t as easy.
If you want to upgrade from a CD, and don’t want to lose your data, my suggestion is to use the Alternate Install CD. This is a text-based installer and also offers System Rescue (which is how I ultimately finished the installation on my laptop). If you have an active network connection, the Alternate Install CD will download the latest updates and patches for the installation. Otherwise, it will use the files on the CD itself.
If you want to try Kubuntu/Ubuntu/Xubuntu/Edubuntu out, but don’t want to sacrifice your computer, then the Live CD is the way to go. It will give you most of the experience along with testing out whether your hardware is compatible, and it won’t cost you any hard drive space or troubles with installing. And if you find that you do like the distro, you can install it over or alongside your current operating system. I prefer dual-boots or triple-boots of Windows and Linux. And if you already have a previous version of *buntu installed, it will keep some of the previous versions for you to boot into (simply pick the kernel that you want to boot, and you’re in that version of *buntu). Try that with Windows.
Over the next couple of weeks, I’m planning on doing some features on Kubuntu. And I plan on doing some features on programming. So stay tuned.
Have a great day:)