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Ubuntu Linux Claims 12 Million Users and Rising

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Ubuntu Linux may grab more users once Lucid Lynx enters the scene.

Chris Kenyon, vice president for OEM at Canonical (which is the lead commercial sponsor for Ubuntu), told InternetNews.com (via LinuxPlanet) that 12 million people are using Ubuntu Linux as their primary operating system. The number is significantly higher than 2008's numbers, jumping up 4 million over the last two years. This may be a good indication that end-users are desperately seeking alternatives to Microsoft's Windows platform and Apple's Mac OS.

But the number of users may actually grow at an even faster rate once Ubuntu Linux incorporates "Lucid Lynx," a codename assigned to the Ubuntu 10.04 update. Scheduled for distribution by the end of the month, the update will overhaul Ubuntu Linux's interface and provide multiple new features on the desktop. Lucid Lynx will also be the first new Long-Term Supported (LTS) release in two years, providing three years of support for Ubuntu Desktop and five years for Ubuntu Server.

LinuxPlanet goes into more detail about the changes coming to the Ubuntu desktop, reporting that the traditionally brown-colored interface will be replaced with a "aubergine" purplish look. There will also be the new Me Menu, combining chat and social networks into one user interface button. This new feature will be compatible with Facebook, Digg, IRC, Google Talk, and more.

Kenyon also added that users still running the 8.04 LTS will probably upgrade to 10.04 LTS when it becomes available. The 8.04 release, codenamed "Hardy Heron," first made its debut back in April 2008.

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    ukgooey , 10 April 2010 07:52
    Just ditching the brown could triple the number of users. My message to anyone who hasn't tried it is, try it - you might like it. For all it's faults it's the OS I love. It's free and you have nothing to lose. Stick to Ubuntu for tonnes of support and then spread your wings and try other distros. If you think it's shit, then fine, at least you tried it. But if you learn to love it..... well, you'll love it.
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    Micropat , 10 April 2010 08:06
    I was trying to get the 10.04 beta2 installed on my spare laptop HDD to try it out for the weekend. I'm thinking of switching from Fedora. Couldn't get too far though. My optical drive broke and I don't have any large USBs lying around.
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    irish_adam , 10 April 2010 09:16
    Linux is great and i do love it but until theres wide spread gaming support then i have to stick to windows
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    cj_online , 11 April 2010 15:44
    ukgooeyJust ditching the brown could triple the number of users. My message to anyone who hasn't tried it is, try it - you might like it. For all it's faults it's the OS I love. It's free and you have nothing to lose. Stick to Ubuntu for tonnes of support and then spread your wings and try other distros. If you think it's shit, then fine, at least you tried it. But if you learn to love it..... well, you'll love it.


    Ubuntu is shit... i tried 8.9 (I think it was 8.9.. or something similar, can't really recall) and it sucked.
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    ukgooey , 11 April 2010 17:23
    cj_onlineUbuntu is shit... i tried 8.9 (I think it was 8.9.. or something similar, can't really recall) and it sucked.

    WARNING: An 11 year old boy appears to have procured your Tom's username and password! I hope you get this message before he posts again. He's making you look stupid.

    Ha ha, no seriously. Some people don't like flaming for the sake of it, but to be honest it gets me off, so a reply to this would be nice.

    If you don't like something, say why you don't like it. That's right, elaborate a bit. Even toddlers can say 'I don't like it', and many of them can give you a reason why. So your post has become pointless. You see what people will do is read your post and try to work out wether they should take what you've said seriously or not based on how they perceive your intelligence from what you've said. So, like I said, your post was pointless.

    Now - say something useful. I don't mind you saying it's shit with a reason. Watch me:

    "I think cj_oncrack is a 'tard cos it talks like a toddler"

    The open source community derives its quality from contribution. You just don't understand it.
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    cj_online , 11 April 2010 17:38
    ukgooeyWARNING: An 11 year old boy appears to have procured your Tom's username and password! I hope you get this message before he posts again. He's making you look stupid.Ha ha, no seriously. Some people don't like flaming for the sake of it, but to be honest it gets me off, so a reply to this would be nice.If you don't like something, say why you don't like it. That's right, elaborate a bit. Even toddlers can say 'I don't like it', and many of them can give you a reason why. So your post has become pointless. You see what people will do is read your post and try to work out wether they should take what you've said seriously or not based on how they perceive your intelligence from what you've said. So, like I said, your post was pointless.Now - say something useful. I don't mind you saying it's shit with a reason. Watch me:"I think cj_oncrack is a 'tard cos it talks like a toddler"The open source community derives its quality from contribution. You just don't understand it.


    Listen dumbshit, I don't need you to give me a lecture on what's pointless and what isn't. You just showed how "mature" you really are poking fun at somebody's freakin username.

    I hate Ubuntu, because It has crappy game support as opposed to Windows, which supports a wide range of games, software and the hardware to run them(yes linux has a pretty decent driver collection, but still pretty shitty support for games).

    I also hate the navigation, the file system and lack of certain crucial softwares ie Dreamweaver. Yes, there is some 'getting used to' and if one takes the time to learn, he/she can really utilize and understand the full potential of Linux, but no I just couldn't be bothered.

    With that being said, game support is still BS. So no thx, I'll pass.. Windows 7 FTW.
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    ukgooey , 11 April 2010 18:42
    :)  Miles better. That's true, game support is terrible (awful actually), but then does that make it shit as an OS for someone that doesn't play games? No. And no-one is stopping you dual booting either.

    You hate Ubuntu? Did Ubuntu touch you in a private place? What do you think of Hitler?

    There is absolutely nothing wrong with the navigation and filesystem. You've just become acclimatised to Windows. Ubuntu separates your personal files (if set up as standard) from the OS so if your install dies for whatever reason you can reinstall without losing them, unlike Windows which supplies you with folders on the C: drive which you have to manually change to a separate partition/drive. So in that respect at least I think Windows is worse.

    Dreamweaver is definitely not 'crucial software' (unless you are made to use it at work?). My mobile phone software is as there is no alternative (not an easy one anyway). My remote control software is for the same reason.

    Regardless of what I've already said, I don't understand your attitude towards Ubuntu. It's free. It's also not necessary to install it exclusively. You just dual boot. Best of both worlds. Compiz is the best window manager in the world and besides looking awesome, makes real work (not games) much easier. You can also use Windows in a virtual machine if you need to.

    Admittedly, there is a bunch of work to be done to make it more mainstream, but the more people that use it, the more people will develop for it. The 'I just couldn't be bothered' attitude doesn't really help. The 'hey, Ubuntu is shit and sucks because of.......' does help. Don't put off potential new users because you couldn't be bothered to learn how to use it properly and then call it shit without giving a reason.

    Without a doubt, Windows 7 is the best OS in the world. If I had to use one OS that's the one I'd use. But it has so many problems because it is mainstream. OS X is significantly better to use than Windows 7 too, but the tossers at Apple insist on making you use specific Apple hardware. And you still have the same problems with some software and games being made only for Windows.

    Anyway. My point is that smart people don't want to know what, they want to know why. That's all.
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    cj_online , 11 April 2010 21:51
    First of all, may I please ask you to refrain from using that perverted talk.

    "You hate Ubuntu? Did Ubuntu touch you in a private place? What do you think of Hitler?" Like wtf ?

    Now as far as the file system goes, I have separate hardrives/partitions for my various different folders ie Movies, Downloads, Games etc. The only ones I have stored on C or OS drive are the music and Documents folders, but I also have backups for them on a separate drive.
    So no there's absolutely nothing wrong with the Windows File System... infact It's probably the best in the world. Well for consumers atleast it is... dunno much about server use.

    Dual boot is a pain. I want my PC to be fast and have a quick boot, don't wanna waste 30 or so odd seconds on the freakin boot screen to choose the OS; I hate that.

    I disliked the Ubuntu theme, it's speed (really pathetically slow) and once again it's lack of certain software and the weird file system. I'm not used to it, which is why I don't like it. Now, It's up to me to learn it or not and I'm entitled to my own opinion, which is that the file system is worse than Windows' (mainly cuz of the difference in learning curves).

    I don't care If it's free, I'm not gonna make my life miserable and that much harder using a shitty OS just cuz "It was free".

    How is being Mainstream become a problem ? Viruses and malwares ? Use a freakin anti-virus; haven't had a single major intrusion/infection for 2.5 years almost.

    Oh and FYI, I DID give a reason why Linux is shit. If you still didn't realize, then I'm sorry, but you should probably move to OSX, makes life alot easier. :) 

    PS: Smart people don't want to know why and/or what, but instead they actually try the damn thing itself.
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    ukgooey , 12 April 2010 01:09
    @cj-online

    1. If you insist on using a word like hate for something so trivial, it makes everything else you say pretty worthless. You obviously didn't get the gist of what I was saying.

    2. Can't really say I understand why Windows has a better file system from what you're saying. Just sounds different to me.

    3. Dual boot does NOT take 30 seconds longer. It can take from one second to as many as you like (this can be changed).

    4. The Ubuntu theme is/was poor. This (unlike Windows and OS X) can be changed in an infinite number of ways if you have even a modicum of time & talent.

    5. Ubuntu is slow?! Are you serious? Why the paltry system requirements then? Why can I run the current Ubuntu on PC's that won't even run XP? That's an astonishing statement. Granted, Windows 7 is a vast improvement over Vista but it's still not quicker than Ubuntu the vast majority of the time.

    6. If you think learning something new will make your life miserable, then I think I've got you pegged.

    7. Yes, that's right. I use an anti-virus when I use Windows. And I use one in Ubuntu too (cos just because I can't get a Windows virus, I don't want to pass it onto someone else). It's just another background process that slows you down. Unless you want to tell me it isn't noticeable? And 2.5 years. I haven't had one for about 12 years (none that caused any damage anyway) no matter what OS.

    8. You gave a reason why you thought Linux was shit in your second post. This is your first post (the dumb one).

    cj_onlineUbuntu is shit... i tried 8.9 (I think it was 8.9.. or something similar, can't really recall) and it sucked.


    9. I'm using OS X right now (10.6.2) and have been doing since my first post. Like I said (scroll back up), OS X is significantly better to use than Windows 7. I only really use OS X most of the time because Windows 7 is poor in comparison and the web company I do work for insist on documents in Word format (and Open Office doesn't always format it exactly the same way).

    The last comment is the funniest. You've just quoted me with a profound misunderstanding of what I've clearly said. I triple boot (Windows 7, Snow Leopard, Ubuntu 9.10) on my main machine and my notebook and you're suggesting I'm commenting without trying? From the person that says "I just couldn't be bothered" (to learn Linux)?

    It's like I've stumbled into kindergarten.....
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    cj_online , 12 April 2010 03:07
    ukgooey@cj-online1. If you insist on using a word like hate for something so trivial, it makes everything else you say pretty worthless. You obviously didn't get the gist of what I was saying. 2. Can't really say I understand why Windows has a better file system from what you're saying. Just sounds different to me.3. Dual boot does NOT take 30 seconds longer. It can take from one second to as many as you like (this can be changed).4. The Ubuntu theme is/was poor. This (unlike Windows and OS X) can be changed in an infinite number of ways if you have even a modicum of time & talent. 5. Ubuntu is slow?! Are you serious? Why the paltry system requirements then? Why can I run the current Ubuntu on PC's that won't even run XP? That's an astonishing statement. Granted, Windows 7 is a vast improvement over Vista but it's still not quicker than Ubuntu the vast majority of the time.6. If you think learning something new will make your life miserable, then I think I've got you pegged.7. Yes, that's right. I use an anti-virus when I use Windows. And I use one in Ubuntu too (cos just because I can't get a Windows virus, I don't want to pass it onto someone else). It's just another background process that slows you down. Unless you want to tell me it isn't noticeable? And 2.5 years. I haven't had one for about 12 years (none that caused any damage anyway) no matter what OS.8. You gave a reason why you thought Linux was shit in your second post. This is your first post (the dumb one).9. I'm using OS X right now (10.6.2) and have been doing since my first post. Like I said (scroll back up), OS X is significantly better to use than Windows 7. I only really use OS X most of the time because Windows 7 is poor in comparison and the web company I do work for insist on documents in Word format (and Open Office doesn't always format it exactly the same way).The last comment is the funniest. You've just quoted me with a profound misunderstanding of what I've clearly said. I triple boot (Windows 7, Snow Leopard, Ubuntu 9.10) on my main machine and my notebook and you're suggesting I'm commenting without trying? From the person that says "I just couldn't be bothered" (to learn Linux)? It's like I've stumbled into kindergarten.....


    Fail on your part. Misunderstanding ? I never said I was talking about you, but rather just generally anyone who's smart; who would instead of reading some damn comments on Tom's Hardware, would actually try it out themselves.

    You can change the theme in Windows too, in countless ways. OSX is better than Windows 7? Yea ok... I think this convo is over. Lmao.. here ur posting using all the "smart talk" yet have a retarded opinion. OSX is easy to use, but it SHIT.

    And yes Linux' compatibility doesn't have anything to do with speed. It worked on my old P3 based notebook and also on my Intel Core 2 duo one, however the speed was shit on the latter and incredibly limited, as opposed to Windows 7.
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    ukgooey , 12 April 2010 04:15
    It's like talking to a brick wall. You obviously don't know what you're talking about, and worse still, have difficulty conveying it. And if you think that I'm using 'smart talk' you should probably have a good long think about raising your personal standards. This (very) long conversation started because you made one dumb comment that I believed could affect uptake of a worthwhile project. I said something about it and it's since become an advert for your ignorance. More fool you. I'm gonna assume you'll think I'm wrong and you'll continue talking garbage for the rest of your life and are too arrogant to think that noone knows you're full of it, but they do. They just don't care enough about you to tell you.

    Anyway, as I appear to be wasting my breath I'm also gonna end my part in this conversation (but I'm still happy to read your posts). Frankly, I have better things to do. Take care.
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    cj_online , 12 April 2010 04:40
    ukgooeyIt's like talking to a brick wall. You obviously don't know what you're talking about, and worse still, have difficulty conveying it. And if you think that I'm using 'smart talk' you should probably have a good long think about raising your personal standards. This (very) long conversation started because you made one dumb comment that I believed could affect uptake of a worthwhile project. I said something about it and it's since become an advert for your ignorance. More fool you. I'm gonna assume you'll think I'm wrong and you'll continue talking garbage for the rest of your life and are too arrogant to think that noone knows you're full of it, but they do. They just don't care enough about you to tell you.Anyway, as I appear to be wasting my breath I'm also gonna end my part in this conversation (but I'm still happy to read your posts). Frankly, I have better things to do. Take care.


    Do you even know what i meant by "smart talk" ? The fact that you're labelling my communication as BS and acting as If your opinion is alot more important than mine.

    I'm not insulting Linux itself, it's a great OS (apologize for using Linux in my comments.. but I meant to say Ubuntu specifically).

    It doesn't take full advantage of modern hardware, which is one of the major reasons I dislike it. However, yes the other reasons such as the theme/GUI were sort of my fault since I didn't bother to look into customization and tweaking, which I do quite occasionally with Windows.

    With that being said, I'm lazy (yes i admit) and so couldn't be bothered to learn all the new stuff, however if you're a new comer who's interested in Linux, however is put off by my "Couldn't be bothered" attitude... then good luck getting anywhere in life. I dislike it, but you might not, infact I know many ppl who love it.

    However, once again, I'm not gonna use it, I'm sticking with Windows 7 unless Linux becomes as universally common/widespread as Windows and also as optimized.
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    shakari , 12 April 2010 04:48
    Just so you know ubuntu has a really good game base, all linux does. The vast majority of games run very well on wine. In quite a few cases it actualy runs better on ubuntu through wine than it does through windows. The only problem comes when your useing dual cards etc.

    It does take alot more configuring, but is way more rewarding. There are pros and cons to all OS's, ubuntu is great, windows xp and 7 are also very good. So depending on your patientce and technical skill its definitly worth looking into.
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    Anonymous , 12 April 2010 07:17
    I can only quote Socrates who said to his followers the following " one thing only I know, and that is that I know nothing. Respect the other person's belief; never say he's wrong."
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    Anonymous , 12 April 2010 18:44
    oh my goodness, its so simple.

    ubuntu is not made by a company, and so does not have the responsibility to the bottom line like mirosoft and apple do. if you dont mind the corporate stench that hangs around windows and osx, please stick with them. otherwise, ubuntu is like your long lost friend.