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Canonical has released version 10.10 of the Ubuntu Linux operating system, code-named "Maverick Meerkat." This will be supported for 18 months on desktops, notebooks, netbooks and servers. It's available in 37 languages. With Ubuntu 10.10, Canonical has begun focusing on consumers and mobile devices, and it has expanded its cloud offerings. The Ubuntu Software Center now lets users buy commercial apps in addition to downloading its traditional free apps, and Ubuntu 10.10 Netbook Edition comes with Unity, a new interface designed for mobile devices.
This is a good direction for Ubuntu and Linux in general. A lot of people (especially in US) have the mentality that higher price equals higher quality. If Canonical can keep finding viable sources of revenue like paid "apps", then perhaps businesses and the general public will start seeing Linux as a serious alternative to Windows, and not just a hobby for geeks.