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Ubuntu 11.10 and the Oddly Oneiric 'Countdown'

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It's often the case that anticipating a thing is just as pleasurable as the thing itself, and that seemed to be more true than ever with the latest Ubuntu release.

Yes, Ubuntu 11.10, or "Oneiric Ocelot," made its long-awaited debut exactly a week ago, apparently -- though not unanimously -- bringing considerable pleasure to users far and wide.

At least equally intriguing, however, was the so-called "countdown" that was launched ahead of time, presumably to mark the days until the big release.

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