Ubuntu's upgrade season at last arrived. I must say I haven't paid a lot of attention, this time, to the new release (I even missed the beta release date) and to the endless discussions that usually follow any new version. By the way I downloaded Ubuntu and prepared my old 1GB flash drive in order to give it at least a look.
The boot time seems good even with the increased disk image size (and my slow flash disk drive). Here is how the new release looks, just after the boot.