Linux Ubuntu 10.04 Long Term Support (LTS) version is just around the corner.

ubuntu A major release of Linux Ubuntu operating system will soon be available. And the Ubuntu version of Linux will be available off-the-shelf pre-installed on a full featured laptop from Dell.

The new Dell Vostro V13 – Comes with Ubuntu Preloaded. The Dell laptop features a full sized keyboard, 13.3" WLED display, aluminum body and Ubuntu preloaded, for US$449.

Ubuntu is an operating system built by a worldwide team of expert developers. It contains all the applications you need: a web browser, office suite, media apps, instant messaging and much more.

This makes Ubuntu a suitable open-source alternative to Windows and Office.

It will be available for free download on Thursday 29 April and will be pre-installed on a range of machines from a number of manufacturers in Summer 2010.

What makes Ubuntu so notable is that it will always be free of charge, along with its regular enterprise releases and security updates. Comes with full commercial support from Canonical and hundreds of companies from across the world. Provides the best translations and accessibility features that the free software community has to offer. And Ubuntu core applications are all free and open source

Ubuntu is a community developed operating system that is perfect for laptops, desktops and servers. Whether you use it at home, at school or at work Ubuntu contains all the applications you’ll ever need, from word processing and email applications, to web server software and programming tools.

Ubuntu is designed with security in mind. You get free security updates for at least 18 months on the desktop and server. With the Long Term Support (LTS) version you get three years support on the desktop, and five years on the server. There is no extra fee for the LTS version, we make our very best work available to everyone on the same free terms. Upgrades to new versions of Ubuntu are and always will be free of charge.

The desktop edition of Ubuntu 10.04 LTS will feature extensive design work, faster boot speed, social network integration, online services and the Ubuntu One Music Store.

A new desktop and server update is release every six months, meaning you’ll always have the latest and greatest applications that the open source world has to offer.

Everything you need comes on one CD, providing a complete working environment. Additional software is available online.

The graphical installer enables you to get up and running quickly and easily. A standard installation should take less than 25 minutes.

Once installed your system is immediately ready-to-use. On the desktop you have a full set of productivity, internet, drawing and graphics applications, and games.

Ubuntu is a complete desktop Linux operating system, freely available with both community and professional support. The Ubuntu community is built on the ideas enshrined in the Ubuntu Manifesto: that software should be available free of charge, that software tools should be usable by people in their local language and despite any disabilities, and that people should have the freedom to customise and alter their software in whatever way they see fit. "Ubuntu" is an ancient African word, meaning "humanity to others". The Ubuntu distribution brings the spirit of Ubuntu to the software world.