It’s the tenth day of the tenth month of the tenth year, and the folks over at Canonical have released Ubuntu 10.10. Coincidence? We think not. Clever marketing aside the new OS release offers up a custom Unity desktop interface optimized for lower resolution netbooks, 2GB of free online storage, and even multi-touch support if you have the right hardware. An interesting new revenue approach is also being explored this time around which will introduce paid support options, along with the ability to stream music to Android and iPhone devices for a nominal fee.
The early reviews are starting to come in and it sounds like Maverick Meerkat is a worthy successor for anyone who’s been waiting to give Linux a try. The CD sized ISO can be downloaded directly from the Ubuntu homepage, or you can fire up your favorite torrent app and help carry the load. That is why you installed uTorrent after all isn’t it? Don’t forget if you’re not the adventurous type you can always use that ISO to give the OS a try without installing, or even have it configure a multi boot to run side by side with your copy of Windows.
Have you given 10.10 a try? If so give us your impressions after the jump.
Canonical remains on course to deliver the next major Ubuntu release, 10.10 aka “Maverick Meerkat,” on October 10, having reached the final development milestone: the Release Candidate. The London-based outfit has announced the Release Candidate for Ubuntu 10.10, which is “complete, stable, and suitable” apart from minor bugs that will be fixed before the final release.
The RC features version 2.32 of the GNOME desktop environment, a faster and cleaner boot process, and a vastly improved Software Center. The whole list of new features can be found here.
“Codenamed “Maverick Meerkat”, 10.10 continues Ubuntu’s proud tradition of integrating the latest and greatest open source technologies into a high-quality, easy-to-use Linux distribution,” Canonical said in the announcement.
The upcoming Ubuntu release codenamed "Maverick Meerkat" is now available in beta trim, marking the first and only planned beta for Ubuntu 10.10 before a release candidate drops at the end of this month.
Ubuntu 10.10 Beta comes with version 2.31 of the GNOME desktop, which includes the new dconf and gsettings API. Canonical says it replaced F-Spot with Shotwell as the new default photo manager, and the Sound Indicator now includes music player controls. Other changes include:
Gwibber has been updated to support the recent change in Twitter's authentication system
Ubuntu Software Center has an updated look and feel
Evolution was updated to the 2.30 version, resulting in much faster operation compared to Ubuntu 10.04 LTS
You can read the full list of changes in the release notes, and if you like what you see, grab a copy for yourself right here.