Canonical's Ubuntu Linux 10.04, codenamed Lucid Lynx, is now available in beta, with new social networking features and a new look.
"Desktop social networking support is implemented through integration with Gwibber, an open-source microblogging client that supports nine services, including Twitter, Facebook, Digg, Flickr, and FriendFeed," writes PCWorld's David Coursey. "The Gwibber technology appears to users through a new MeMenu added to the operating system user interface."
"Another notable update is the Gnome desktop design," writes ZDNet UK's Matthew Broersma. "It moves away from the previous style based on the colour brown, which was known as 'Human', in favour of a style that Canonical has said is inspired by light."
"While I'm still toying with the beta at this point, it looks like the end result may be the most new-user-friendly Linux distribution in quite some time — and, better still from Canonical's viewpoint, a Linux that will also be solid enough to carry the company from being the Linux community's darling to also being a commercial success," writes Computerworld's Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols.