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First Contact Review: Ubuntu 10.04 Beta2

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I recently downloaded Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Linx Beta2 for testing. I love what I am seeing, so I want to share some of my initial impressions on what seems to be a release that could mark a milestone in Ubuntu's history.

This second beta shows most of the latest branding updates. I think the Canonical staff pulled off the right moves on this one. Ubuntu looks sleeker, more modern and with an even more professional look.

The new branding has been tightly integrated from square one. A screen showing the new Ubuntu logo transitions into a simple implementation of the usual progress bar splash screen, which I have omitted due to the low resolution in my virtual machine. I must admit I liked the Karmic concept better, that shiny bar moving left to right and back, but this idea looks good as well. Overall, no plain text messages are displayed, which gives a nice, friendly feel to the boot process.


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