The top posts for 2012 reflect a strong interest in the Ubuntu distribution — its ongoing development, the evolution of the Unity desktop, and the continued addition of new features.

#1 Linux grabs its single biggest win

The U.S. Navy and Dept. of Defense have learned valuable lessons that translate to huge contracts for the Linux OS. What does this mean for open source and the community that drives it? Jack Wallen offers his take.

#2 Ubuntu 12.10: New features, new levels of user-friendliness

Ubuntu 12.10 is less than two months away from release. One feature in particular stands out as an overwhelming favorite to launch Ubuntu into new reaches of user-friendliness. The future of Ubuntu is all about web-integration.

#3 Ubuntu Unity 5.8 seriously impresses

Jack Wallen gives Ubuntu Unity 5.8 a go and is seriously impressed. Read about the improvements and why Jack is so willing to admit his mistake when proclaiming the Ubuntu desktop dead.

#4 Ubuntu’s HUD: Light-years beyond any menu system

Ubuntu continues to take Unity into the future of desktops, and with its new HUD system, the desktop has now gone boldly where none has gone before. Jack Wallen introduces the Head-Up Display.

#5 Ubuntu Unity: Making the desktop seriously efficient again

Contrary to the popular opinion, Jack Wallen has found Ubuntu Unity to be one of the most efficient desktop designs on the market.

#6 Ubuntu 12.04: Desktop perfection within reach

Just how close to perfection is this latest release from Ubuntu? Read Jack’s take and find out if it’s enough to make you want to give Precise Pangolin a go.

#7 Upgrading Ubuntu 12.04 to 12.10

Ubuntu 12.10 is released in just days. Here’s the process of upgrading from Ubuntu 12.04 to 12.10, so you can enjoy the experience a few days early.

#8 Ubuntu 12.04: Three new features sneak in to make things interesting

Jack Wallen highlights the three features in the next Ubuntu release that he thinks are the most compelling. Are they enough to win over Unity-haters?

#9 Cotton Candy: Linux computer on a stick

Cotton Candy is the latest in tiny, Linux-powered computers now available for consumers. How tiny? This one is contained on a USB-stick you can carry in your pocket.

#10 RIP Compiz

Jack Wallen bids a fond farewell to the Compiz desktop compositor, which looks all but dead now that Fedora is dropping it from its upcoming release.