I just updated my Ubuntu 9.04n to Ubuntu 9.10 last Friday. Aside from the impressive aesthetics, Karmic Koala (codename of 9.10) seems to have responded to various calls for it to be intuitive (that is, imitating Windows interface). So much for the unique gang of Linux users.
Of course, this is a sort of marketing campaign to attract more users and gain more share in the OS market--considering that there are even more coming, with impressive backers (such as Google's Android).
Windows users would find it easy to navigate with and find the same functionality in the right-click--it even contains "Compress" and "Format" if you do it on a disk space. Maybe, I did not understand what Ubuntu wanted to do then.
(Does the "compress" option mean that Ubuntu's file system won't be as efficient as it used to be, that it needs to compress?)
The promise of faster boot-up--I have not yet observed this.
Also, finally, Mozilla Firefox has been upgraded to 3.5 in 9.10, and OpenOffice.org has been updated to 3.1. All my basic extensions and add-ins are working--particularly Scrapbook and Twitterfox.
Of course, this is considering that my laptop is dual-boot with Windows XP.
For more information, go to www.ubuntu.com.