Well, it's that time of year again. Obviously, this release is still Alpha, so don't install it if you're not prepared to address problems. I've been running it a bit on my main desktop, and have some observations. 10.10 is scheduled for release next month(probably towards the end of the month)... so expect the beta and release candidates around Mid-October. If you've used Ubuntu before, it'll be familiar to you... Funny, I thought I had read Ubuntu was going to Gnome 3.0, but it's still on Gnome 2.31... Not that that's a bad thing, I happen to really like current Gnome, but I've not used 3.0 yet either. Maybe 11.04 will have 3.0... but I'm a creature of habit, so I'm just fine w/ 2.31. Software, etc.. is all pretty much the same as previous releases. Empathy still sucks.. . If you used the F-spot photo manager, it appears to have been replaced by something called Shotwell Photo Manager. I'm not really one for digital photo management software, but it seems similar to F-Spot. If you liked F-Spot, it's in the repositories, so have no fear, installing it is simply a few clicks away. Same with Pidgin or Kopete, since Empathy really sucks. To me, the big change, is the installer.. it has been greatly improved. 1. It will let you install grub to any location you want. It's probably still easiest to just put it on the MBR, unless you're going to go to the trouble of creating a special boot partition for grub. This is gonna require you to pay a bit more attention while setting up your partitions though, as you don't want to stick grub on the wrong partition(although it's set to default on the mbr.. so as long as you don't change it, you'll be fine) 2. The installer will actually ask you if you want it to download multimedia codecs, flash, etc.. just before the install process. This has been a sticking point for some new users, even though it only took about 2min to address after you were installed. Now, you simply check a box before the install process starts, and all your multimedia stuff should work fine on the first boot, no additional install stuff necessary. 3. During the install process, you can actually choose to download updates (assuming your machine is connected to the internet).. so the first time you boot, your machine will be completely up to date.... Pretty cool thing. Now even if your CD is old, you can update your system during the install, rather than getting installed, and spending 30min updating. 4. It looks like you have the ability to encrypt your ubuntu filesystem out of the box, by simply checking a box.. Now I've never done that, and frankly don't have much use for it... it should be pretty easy to setup now. 5. It's still Purple.. I think Brown is finally a thing of the past.. There may be some "under the hood" stuff I've not caught yet, but for the most part, it's pretty similar to 10.04... There you go.. IGF Wanna kill these ads? We can help!