The latest stable version of Ubuntu, numbered 11.10 has been made available for download. You can download the appropriate desktop/server CD/DVD images from http://www.ubuntu.com/download. You can also download the CD/DVD images of the official variants like Kubuntu are also made available for download.
You can read our in depth preview of Ubuntu 11.10 here. For a quick glimpse, read along…
Whats on the CD ?
- The Unity Desktop interface, both the standard and 2D versions
- Linux Kernel 3.0
- Gnome 3.2 sans gnome-shell which can be installed from the repositories
- Firefox 7
- New look software center
- Dejadup backup utility
- Libre Office 3.4.3
- Ubuntu One sync service with 5 GB free storage
- Banshee Music player with Ubuntu One music store support
- Thunderbird Mail client
- Integrated social networking experience with Empathy, Gwibber and the Me menu.
- LightDM replacing GDM
A few screenshots !
All in all…
It is a more polished release from Ubuntu after rather unfinished 11.04. Unity has seen several performance and usability enhancements to strengthen it’s stance in the on-going “war of desktop interfaces” in Linux. There is no questioning the default applications on the CD. So highly recommended install for anyone who uses 11.04 currently. Unity haters can stay away and ponder options like Lubuntu which certainly looks a viable alternative.
We really appreciate the work gone into 11.10 from the awesome Ubuntu community. Time to look forward to 12.04 LTS !!