Ubuntu 10.10 – Maverick Meerkat is out

Recommended Ubuntu book

As you may have heard, the new version of Ubuntu – 10.10, codenamed Maverick Meerkat, is officially out. As a matter of fact this 10.10 version was out on 10.10.10 at 10:10:10. 🙂

First, what does it mean for this blog since it is named after an “old” version? Not much. This blog is now a general Ubuntu blog, and I will be still posting things that I find interesting about Ubuntu. Lucid Lynx was sort of an entry point for me and I got a little carried away with some of the projects that I have been working on. Initially, I was planning to post all the issues with Lucid, such as helping resolve various driver problems, etc. but I did not get too much to complain since everything worked great out of the box for me.

Second, lets look at some changes at Maverick Meerkat. 🙂

Ubuntu 10.10 has been optimized a lot for netbooks, I would like to see more Ubuntu powered netbooks hit the market. As an addition it started to support multi-touch screens.

There also have been a lot of changes to the installer, they just can’t leave it along I guess, making it better with every release. You can now download additional packages that you may need during the initial install phase. It also installs quite a bit faster now.

The desktop has been updated to the Gnome 2.32 and by default Ubuntu comes with a new wallpaper. The overall look has been noticeably changed, even the font is new.

The last change that I want to mention is paid apps platform. A lot of users seem to be pretty excited about it as it may open the doors for the development in monetary interest in Ubuntu, but I am not too excited about it since this was the primary reason I switched to Ubuntu, but I don’t complain. As a matter of fact, the whole Software Center got revamped. It has a few additional features.

Here is a new desktop for you:

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