The last few months have been interesting as far as high-profile operating systems are concerned. Apple kick started a wave of updates with the introduction of Mac OS X v10.6 Snow Leopard back on August 28th, and that was followed up a little over a week ago with an even bigger launch from Microsoft in the form of Windows 7 (check out our multi-part review here).
That's the vast majority of the market covered, but what about those hankering for something a little less costly? Linux tends to be the answer, and Canonical has today released version 9.10 of one of the most popular distributions; Ubuntu.
The new release, codenamed Karmic Koala and available to download free of charge at Ubuntu.com, promises "dozens of new features and improvements to take user experience to next level".
Among the list of improvements, users will find a redesigned login experience, faster boot times, a revamped audio framework, improved 3G broadband connectivity and the latest version of Mozilla's Firefox web browser bundled as standard.
With the focus on improving the user experience, Canonical claims that "changes small and large" have helped to shape Ubuntu into "the most user-friendly operating system available".
Bold claims, but considering that it's completely free, can we really stand to argue? If you've been putting Ubuntu 9.10 through its paces, let us know how you're getting on in the HEXUS.community forums - is it living up to expectations, and can it find its place as your primary desktop OS?