When the next version of Ubuntu LTS (Long Term Support) ships tomorrow there will be hundreds of open source applications ready for it, Canonical has announced.
LTS versions of the software ship every two years and are often aimed at software developers. A full list of companies supporting the new release is available here. In keeping with the company's habit of alliteration the new version is known as Lucid Lynx.
In addition to claiming leadership with open source desktops, Canonical's aim with the new release is to make it more attractive to proprietary solutions. Adobe, IBM, and VMWare are mentioned specifically in the release.
I'm most interested in ease of installation for the full stack.
I have a dream (a wonderful dream) that users could go to a single page, select the applications they want added to their distro from a menu, then download a custom stick through BitTorrent they might plug in to unbrick their box.
Gaining support for such a solution from small resellers would be swell. It would be great if an Indian entrepreneur can get some used hardware, take orders, load a stick, test the results and deliver it to customers. He'd have the whole world on a plate.
Maybe starting here, starting now, everything's coming up roses.