According to Linux Planet, the open source outfit believes that its release of Ubuntu 10.04, codenamed "Lucid Lynx", will push its user base even higher at the end of April. In 2008, Canonical had estimated its user base at around the 8 million mark.
"Based on the same methodology that we came up with for the 2008 number, our present belief is that it's somewhere north of 12 million users at the moment," said Chris Kenyon, vice president for OEM at Canonical
Lucid Lynx Desktop will be the first Long-Term Supported (LTS) release of Ubuntu in two years, and will offer three years of support on Ubuntu Desktop and five years on Ubuntu Server.
It will sport an "aubergine" interface and include all the usual social notworking connectivity in an easy to use interface for Facebook, Digg, Twitter, Identica, Google Talk, MSN and IRC.