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THE first beta version of Ubuntu 10.4, also known as Lucid Lynx, was released last Friday, giving me enough time to download a copy of the new Linux distribution over the weekend and install it on my Acer netbook.

The first thing that struck me was how easy the whole process has become. An operating system is a complex piece of software, but installing the Ubuntu 10.4 beta was outrageously easy. In fact, it was the easiest time I’ve ever had installing any operating system, including Snow Leopard on the Mac or Windows 7. The new beta simply worked.

Installation was trouble-free and took only 20 minutes, which is fast by any standard. A clean install of the latest version of Mac OS X can take double that time, while a Windows 7 clean install can take several hours, if you include the time to reinstall device drivers and applications.

Even more impressive, the new Ubuntu takes 15 seconds to boot




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