Have you noticed today’s date? It’s 10th October. Or it’s 10.10. Oh, you don’t care about date? Okay, then this month is October 2010. In short, 10.10. But why am I messing with today’s date? Well, it’s because my favorite operating system, Ubuntu’s newest version 10.10, code name Maverick Meerkat releases today!
The date of release is awesome, isn’t it? With new Ubuntu release, there are few minor changes. A brand new wallpaper, new Ubuntu font, new default image editor, improved software center from which you can download and install almost any application by a click, and some more.
One more thing you’ll notice during installation is that you can now download and install additional packages (including Java, Flash Player, Codecs, etc) while your system is being installed. This saves your time a lot. After all, Ubuntu is meant to save your time and let you pay more attention to your work. And as always, you can try ubuntu without even installing it on your computer.
Here are some screenshots of Ubuntu 10.10:
If you’ve got a netbook or some small screen laptop, Ubuntu 10.10 Netbook Edition comes with an amazing new interface called Ubuntu Unity. It provides a faster access to all your application and even more faster boot up and shut down than desktop edition. See the Ubuntu Unity ad below:
Am I upgrading?
No. I’ll manage to download a copy of Maverick Meerkat and try it out on Live CD. But I’m not convinced yet to upgrade my system to 10.10. That’s not because 10.10 is not worth installing or trying out. That’s because 10.10 is not an LTS release, which means it is not supported for long-term. If you install 10.10, you will have to upgrade to latest editions within 18 months from the date released. After 18 months, you will not receive any security updates for your system.
But don’t worry; newer versions are released every 6 months. So, if you want to live by the cutting-edge technology, you can sure upgrade your system. There’s no harm. But work computers are advised to stick with 10.04 LTS as it is supported for as long as 3 years and new LTS release is out every 2 years. So, you know you get more time to stick with your computer and enough time to upgrade before support is phased out.
Are you upgrading?
Let me know if you are upgrading. If yes, why? And if not, on the other hand, why not? If you have limited internet connection, you can order for a free Ubuntu 10.10 CD on canonical website. See related articles section below. However, if you received a free CD before, you will not be able to order for a CD at this moment.
- Ubuntu Shipit is Open for 10.10 Maverick Meerkat (techie-buzz.com)
- Out favorite new features in Ubuntu 10.10 (lifehacker.com)