Ubuntu Linux Claims 12 Million Users and Rising

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
    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.
  • Micropat
    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.
  • irish_adam
    Linux is great and i do love it but until theres wide spread gaming support then i have to stick to windows