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A Picture-Happy Overview of Ubuntu 10.04

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The recently announced visual rebranding of the world's numero uno Linux distribution caused quite a bit of stir among the tech community and led to rivers of tears, both of joy and of sorrow. While some are delighted to observe the total brownlessness of Lucid, others, more nostalgic, fear that Ubuntu is losing its roots and the drop of originality that was brought by the unconventional choice of colors. And to twist the knife even further in, the window controls were moved aaaall the way to the left side, which for some, is just unbearably Mac-ish.

Yes, yes, I have to admit, there are quite a few elements that resemble Mac's interface. Yes, I would've loved to see Ubuntu come with 100% original, new design ideas, but I will surely not loathe the company for borrowing some, especially when you can't say that Lucid is a shameless ripoff of any operating system; there are still a lot of things to make it stand out of the crowd. Long story short, I DO like the new face of Ubuntu.

Anyway, here's the short visual tour I've compiled with some of the new things that are coming straight to your Ubuntu machines at the end of April.




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