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Lucid Lynx server set for free download

The new version, which will include free security and maintenance updates for five years, will be available for free download on Thursday

The third and latest long-term support version of the Linux server distribution — Ubuntu 10.04 LTS — will be available for a free download on Thursday, Canonical announced on Tuesday.

The new version — codenamed Lucid Lynx — includes extended security and maintenance updates free of charge for all users for five years, instead of the 18 months included with a standard release.

It also extends the cloud-computing capability of Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud and includes major applications and packages added or updated since the previous long-term support (LTS) release. The company also predicted that it will see a larger ecosystem of open-source and proprietary application providers certifying their apps on Ubuntu than ever before.

For more on this story, see Ubuntu 10.04 Server upgrade to include new cloud features on ZDNet.com.