Saturday, August 21, 2010

What's your favorite Ubuntu so far?

Ubuntu is clearly the most popular Linux distro right now, a position that far from changing, seems to be getting more accentuated with every release. Considering the youth of the project, the Ubuntu phenomenon is nothing short of amazing. Since its first release, just six years ago, the former "brown" distro has managed to convince both the expert as well as the novice all across the world.

The following list contains all Ubuntu releases so far:

VersionReleased onCodename
Ubuntu 10.04April 2010Lucid Lynx
Ubuntu 9.10October 2009Karmic Koala
Ubuntu 9.04April 2009Jaunty Jackalope
Ubuntu 8.10October 2008Intrepid Ibex
Ubuntu 8.04April 2008Hardy Heron
Ubuntu 7.10October 2007Gutsy Gibbon
Ubuntu 7.04April 2007Feisty Fawn
Ubuntu 6.10October 2006Edgy Eft
Ubuntu 6.04April 2006Dapper Drake
Ubuntu 5.10October 2005Breezy Badger
Ubuntu 5.04April 2005Hoary Hedgehog
Ubuntu 4.10October 2004Warty Warthog

No matter when it happens, though, there is an ongoing trend with every release: Endless discussions about that particular release being better or worse than the previous ones. However, I have noticed that people usually settle down with any release and are happy with it as soon as the corresponding maintenance patches are made available.

So, are those discussions and comparisons a waste of time, a result of the initial lack of stability which is often part of a brand new release? Is there anything about certain releases that made them stand out? I want to know what you think and if you have any favorite Ubuntu release.

Please vote on the poll applet at the top right of the page.



  1. I was asking this question myself while I decided if I should go back to 9.04 which I remember left me quite pleased. I'm downloading it right now.

  2. This poll is biased.

    "Publicado por Chema Martín en 10:04 AM"


  3. @herman chess: LOL!!!!

    That was a funny coincidence. ;-)

  4. I think this article stresses what I've been saying to other open source addicts for a while: "Know Your End User".

    After getting one of those ridiculous "Your computer is infected with malware, pay us money and we may take it off" root kits, my sixty five year old dad was all about trying ubuntu. After setting up Evolution, chromium and open office he's happier than a pig in S**t. He even likes the solitaire game better.

    However I also have this hipster friend who is all about the image of "Fighting the man" became quite interested in Linux when she heard that Ubuntu was "Socialistic solution to consumerist software problems" (That is a DIRECT QUOTE. They don't make an emocon that rolls it's eyes hard enough for this...) After telling her that GIMP is much different than Photo Shop, That using proprietary apple products could be tricky, that The Sim's doesn't do so hot under WINE and that "that Starbucks thing" went much better with a Mac... She called me an A**hole and stuck with vista.

    Ex Girlfriends don't DESERVE Linux.

  5. Hahaha... That last bit was funny!

    Thanks for the comment, but I think it was meant to go on a different article?

  6. That's funny, NO ONE answered the question. That's too bad, I was hoping to find out which one I should get... I guess I'll just get the latest one, so Thanks for the list man.

  7. my laptop is old, I'm planning to change it (hp dv1167ea) btw my personal favorite is 8.04 hardy heron