Usually, I'm a little more involved in testing new versions of Ubuntu, try to help trouble shoot problems in the support channel, etc., but just haven't had time for the latest release... Well.. given the spate of new Linux users here, I thought I'd take a few days and start looking over the Beta for Ubuntu 10.04(due out in about 2-3 weeks)... Before anyone asks, this was unrelated to my laptop problem(different PC). Ubuntu 10.04 is the latest "LTS"(Long Term Support) release.. which means it will be supported for the next 36mo. Unlike Non-LTS versions, which are supported for 18mo. First things first... IT'S NOT BROWN! I nearly fainted. I'd actually started to grow kind of fond of the crap brown theme that Ubuntu always had.. It seems Canonical has actually made an effort to make this release a bit more aesthetically pleasing. There's still a limited number of themes and wallpapers, but for the most part, they are all pretty nice. Thankfully, there's gazillions of them to download. Comes with pretty much the same software installed, all of them updated to current, stable versions... with a few additions Full Open Office 3.2 Suite GIMP FSpot - Photo Mgmt. software. Evolution mail client Firefox Transmission(torrent client) Brasero(disk burner) -- I'm still not sure why they haven't replaced Brasero w/ Gnomebaker... but this is a minor gripe Totem Movie Player Rythmbox Music Player Empathy -- This version, while I still don't care for it over Pidgin, is markedly better than what was out w/ 9.10. There's also now a program called "Gwibber".. Looks like some sort of program to update Facebook, Twitter, etc.. Also new, is some program called PITVI, which is a video editor. I've never heard of it, let alone have any experience with it... so we'll have to tackle that one at a later date. It's been stable on my main box. I wouldn't recommend anyone actually install it, unless you're prepared to troubleshoot problems. The Release Candidates should be coming out in probably 2 weeks, with the actual Release coming a week or so later. Looks like its gonna be pretty solid.