Beta of Ubuntu 10.04 (Lucid Lynx): Social Networking Features

The first beta of Ubuntu 10.04 (Lucid Lynx) has been released, offering social networking tools, cloud-related enhancements, quicker boot-times and a Firefox browser with Yahoo search as default. Desktop, Server and Netbook editions can all use this beta, along with variants of Ubuntu such as Kubunto, Edubuntu and Xubuntu, to name just a few.

It can only be used experimentally at the moment but the finished version will be available from April 29. If we look for a moment at the social networking tools Ubuntu now offers integration of Twitter, Facebook and the like, built-in on the “MeMenu” on the panel. This is based on the Gwibber app which can overlook multiple social networking feeds at the same time, by supporting a multi-column view.

Some users may query the fact that Ubuntu have now made Yahoo the default search engine on the Firefox browser in place of Google. This is thought to be because of a revenue deal between Canonical and Yahoo, however if you don’t like it this can be easily resolved. The server support for Linux has also received an update to version 5.4. An important factor for users is boot times so Ubuntu has worked to develop improved startup times.

There are also two new themes, a dark-purple Ambience theme, and a lighter Radiance theme, along with a new notification area, wallpaper and icons. Along with improved nVidia support, cloud support and a new LTS Server Edition, the updated beta of Ubuntu looks set to impress. For much more on this report go to desktoplinux.com.