Ubuntu 6.10, the latest version and upgrade from Ubuntu 6.06, and code named Edgy Eft, has been released by Canonical Ltd, the commercial sponsor of Ubuntu. Ubuntu version 6.10 features new startup screen of usplash, comes with GNOME 2.16, Tomboy for easy note taking or linking, F-spot photo manager, Evolution 2.8.0, Firefox 2.0, OpenOffice 2.0.4, Gaim 2.0 beta 3.1, Orca as scriptable screen-reader, new theme with new login page, new desktop wallpaper, and new sounds, rounded window borders, Upstart as init start-up manager offering faster boot time, new language packs and translations, plus automated problem reports.

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EXE (dead link) reviews Ubuntu 6.10 and concludes with overall rating of A- that “it is a painless and easy to use system for basic PC use. I took my system to work and Dave Derington is using it as our development environment for GameRail’s website. I also built a PC for my nephews using Ubuntu loaded up with some free games for them to use. Ubuntu is the first Linux distro I’ve used and I have no plans to go anywhere else. It rivals Windows in ease of use, and comes with a lot of features packed. I couldn’t ask for anything else.”