UbuntuAs we speak, the day of the Jackalope has finally arrived as the latest version of the Ubuntu linux variant hits the download servers some time today and the open source community goes download bananas.

Canonical, the commercial sponsor of Ubuntu, promises that this latest version of the award-winning Linux distro features a whole range of feature enhancements that aims to even further improve the end user experience. Shorter boot speeds, enhanced suspend-resume features, intelligent Wi-Fi switching and an increased 3G support environment are just some of these enhancements mentioned.

Also bundled with the release will be the the full OpenOffice.org 3.0 suite, as well as integrated Skype and IM support. On top of this, the user interface will be getting a minor kick up the pants with some new icons and artwork to appear as part of the continual improvement of the ‘Ubuntu user experience’.

Finally, one of the more eagerly awaited enhancements, the vaunted ‘combined notification’ tool that attempts to combine a number of the notification methods of various applications and present this information in a single, simple and unobtrusive manner, also sees the light of day in this release.

In a nutshell, I’m looking forward to this updated release, and it couldn’t have come at a better time seeing as I have to do a whole restore anyway now that my home office PC decided to crash on me yesterday! In other words, keep scanning here to grab it – you know you want to! :)