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Try out Ubuntu using your browser!

Canonical, the company behind the Ubuntu Linux distribution, has developed a web page for testing the distro, according to Le Monde Informatique. Written entirely in HTML, this page allows potential Ubuntu users to discover and work with the Unity interface, which has received hefty criticism from users of more traditional desktops.

Ubuntu's Unity desktop browser mock-up
Ubuntu's online tour in action. Click on the image for the full-sized version.

As some people are afraid of trying Linux, Canonical has found a means of allowing them to test Ubuntu without installing it. It has created a web page which can be launched in the user’s browser of choice. All one has to do is to follow the link to to be in the Unity workspace environment used by Ubuntu. The user can then navigate and click on the various icons show, launching a file browser, word processor, spreadsheet, a presentation package or messenging client. When leaving the page, visitors are asked if they would like to download the latest version of Ubuntu.