The 10th Ubuntu release 9.04/Jaunty, was made yesterday. Since I started using Ubuntu (I think I tried the very first release, 4.10, and have been using it full-time since 2006 or so) it has come a long way, although many of its core strengths have been there from the beginning.
This CNet headline caught my eye:
I suppose this is pretty high praise from almost mainstream press.
Good looks and good desktop interaction are important for attracting users, but the press rarely talks about the architectural/design qualities that help to keep users. Ubuntu (and many other GNU/Linuxes):
- is a joy to use because it bends over backwards to fit my needs, instead of requiring me to adapt to the computer
- being free software, is actually something I trust
- is actually easy to acquire and install, and runs on almost anything
Windows and Mac OS have none of those qualities.
The total effect is that I have peace of mind that Ubuntu is something that I'll be able to use for as long as I care to use it, and that it's not a toy OS that I'm going to outgrow.
I'd like to offer my congratulations to the Ubuntu community on a great release (on time, I might add) and my thanks for a really remarkable gift.