The new Ubuntu version is already out for a number of days. As always I upgraded my OS to the newer version immediately.
For the first time I have to confess that Ubuntu is really good OS. During last 3-4 years Canonical developers were doing huge amount of work on their OS, but this time they did something different, they made it extremely fast ! Yes, Ubuntu 10.04 boots in seconds! On my laptop I am able to use my computer for no more than 40 secs, after pressing enter on grub. My machine is :
AMD Turion 64 x2 @ 1.9 GHz
2 GB RAM @ 800MHz
HDD @ 5200 rpm
Obviously the boot time is so long because of the slow hard drive. I suppose on a desktop machine where the hard disk spins at 720o rpm it will perform better.
But, it is not only the boot time, it is everything that loads immediately ! There is almost no delay from pressing the button and the actual rendering of the windows on the screen. For now I have no idea what they have done to the new version, but it is a good hit.
This distro of Linux is my favorite one now. I strongly recommend it to every novice/intermediate user.