Canonical has just released Ubuntu 11.10, a new version of the open source OS, designed for those looking for the latest personal cloud and web technologies, as well as those running on older hardware.
Highlights of the new release include the collection of applications available for free download and purchase in the Ubuntu Software Center, and the integrated Ubuntu One service which now enables you to stream music from your personal Ubuntu One cloud to Android and iPhones, as well as easily share files with Windows computers.
The integrated Ubuntu Software Center provides you access to tools, games, applications and accessories from open source and commercial software publishers. In Ubuntu 11.10, the Software Center has had a refresh that makes it easier to select software based on ratings and popularity, and to contribute your own reviews. Recent additions to the Software Center include The World of Goo and Oil Rush.
Ubuntu?s personal cloud, Ubuntu One, puts your data at the centre whether you are using PC, Android or iOS devices. Ubuntu One now allows you to stream your entire music collection to all your devices. You can also access and share files, documents and photos online with Android and now Windows machines, utilising 5GB of free storage that is available to every Ubuntu One subscriber.
The central search-driven interface to Ubuntu, called the Dash, has been enhanced to include instant access to your personal and online music collections through the music lens, which will also search the Ubuntu One Music Store. This provides almost instant access to any music: either from your personal collection or online stores and services. To help you find the music you love, Ubuntu includes instant access to Last.fm, the Amazon MP3 store, and a huge collection of free content in the public domain or under open licences.
Ubuntu 11.10 comes with a full backup facility as standard. Called Deja Dup, it allows you to back up locally or to the Ubuntu One cloud. You can schedule backups and restore from a backup, providing you with a 'time machine' capability.
Ubuntu 11.10 also sees a full update to GNOME 3. That means you will have access to the most modern and stable versions of the highly-regarded application set. The cross-platform Thunderbird from Mozilla will become the default email app in Ubuntu, with Evolution remaining as an option for download.
Ubuntu 11.10 is available for download at www.ubuntu.com