Welcome to the Lucid Lynx edition of Ubuntu Server, which is also the third LTS (Long Term Support) release of this special edition of the well known Ubuntu Linux operating system, designed to be deployed as a dedicated LAMP, DNS, Samba, OpenSSH or mail server.
Availability, supported architectures
Ubuntu Server 10.04 LTS was officially announced by Canonical on April 29, 2010 and it will be supported with security patches and software updates until April 2015. Users can download the operating system as CD-size ISO images for the 32-bit and 64-bit architectures, allowing them to write them to CD discs or USB flash drives in order to boot them from the BIOS of a machine.
While the boot loader has been completely revamped with new artwork and font, it will allow the user to install the operating system on a local drive, install the Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud component, boot an existing OS from the first drive, rescue a broken system, test the computer's memory for errors, and check the integrity of the disc (only if using a CD media).
An easy installation process
The text-mode installer is easy to use, as the user will only have to choose a language, location, keyboard layout, enter a hostname, set up the timezone, partition the disk, set up users and passwords, select and install software packages, as well as to install the boot loader.
No more cloud computing node or cluster components
While the cloud computing node and cluster components have been removed from the software selection dialog or the installer, the user will still be able to deploy the system as a DNS server, LAMP server, Mail server, OpenSSH server, Print server, Samba file server, Tomcat Java server, or Virtual Machine host.
All in all, Ubuntu Server 10.04 LTS (Lucid Lynx) is the most stable and reliable server flavor of Ubuntu, currently used on thousands of hundreds of machines worldwide. It will be maintained by Canonical until April 2015.