Ubuntu, our favorite and the largest community-supported linux distribution is gradually becoming one of the best free and open-source operating systems ever.
Based on Debian, Ubuntu is known to be a very secure and stable Linux platform which is evolving day by day with two major releases each year. The next release of Ubuntu, Intrepid Ibex promises an even more secure and user-friendly environment.
As we move forward, lets take a look at the evolution and development of this OS.
Ubuntu 4.10, Warty Warthog
Released in October 2004, this was the first ever release of Ubuntu. This was the first version to offer free ShipIt services which allows users to order free CDs. It shipped with early versions of GAIM, GIMP, GNOME, OpenOffice and Firefox.
Ubuntu 5.04, Hoary Hedgehog
Hedgehog was the second release of Ubuntu which surfaced in April 2005. It was the first ever Ubuntu release to allow installation from USB devices. It included new features such as the update manager, upgrade notifier and hibernate/standby support.
Ubuntu 5.10, Breezy Badger
Badger was released in October 2005 and marks the third installment of Ubuntu Linux. A lot of new and useful features were introduced in this release such as a graphical bootloader, Add/Remove app, language selector, HP printer support, OEM installer support and integration with Launchpad (for bug reporting).
Ubuntu 6.06, Dapper Drake
Releasing in June 2006, Drake was the first ever Ubuntu release to break the 6-month release convention and also the first Long Term Support (LTS) release. In this release, the Live CD and Install CD was merged onto one disc a splash-screen for startup as well shutdown was introduced. It featured the Humanlooks theme for the first time based on Clearlooks with more orange than brown.
Ubuntu 6.10, Edgy Eft
Edgy was the fifth release of Ubuntu Linux, it came out in October 2006. It included a heavily modified version of the Human theme, a note-taking app calle Tomboy and F-spot photo manager. It also included EasyUbuntu as a meta-package.
Ubuntu 7.04, Feisty Fawn
Feisty Fawn, released in April 2007, marks the sexith release of Ubuntu Linux. It included a new migration assistant to help users switch from Windows to Ubuntu easily. Other noticeable features were Compiz 3D effects, support for WiFi protected access, new games (Sudoko and Chess). It dropped support for PowerPCs.
Ubuntu 7.10, Gutsy Gibbon
One of my favorite releases so far, the Gutsy Gibbon was released in October 2007. It is the seventh release of Ubuntu and started the Linux-for-Desktop trend because of its high stability and user-friendly functions. It included an even fast desktop search, a Firefox plugin manager, fast user-switching mode and Compiz Fusion (enabled by default). Also in this release GAIM was renamed and included as Pidgin.
Ubuntu 8.04, Hardy Heron
This is the eighth and the latest stable release of Ubuntu. Released in April 2008, Heron boasts to be the second Long Term Support (LTS) release. It included Tracker desktop search integration, Brasero disk burner, Transmission BitTorrent client, Vinagre VNC client and a lot of usability and performance improvements to Compiz. It also included Wubi, that allowed Ubuntu to be installed as a single file on a Windows hard drive without the need to repartition the disk.
Ubuntu 8.10, Intrepid Ibex
Coming later this month, Intrepid Ibex will be the ninth Ubuntu release. For all we know, it has got a new network manager with better support for 3G networks, Nautilus now has support for tabs, auto-install drivers option now works with printers, there is a whole new black theme and a better flash support.
A very big thanks to Altonbr at Wikipedia for putting in the hard work to compile these images.
Thats all for now, we expect more on part of Ubuntu 9.04 Jaunty Jackalope and hope it takes Ubuntu to the next level.