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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:

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ubuntu 10.10 install

 

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Ubuntu 10.10 Desktop.

 

 

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New photo manager, Shotwell, as a replacement of F-Spot.

 

 

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Ubuntu comes with a new Ubuntu Font.

 

Ubuntu Unity

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.

Written by A. I. Sajib

I love writing about technology, life, and everything between. I love photographing people. I'm a Happiness Engineer at Automattic/WordPress.com. The best way to get to know more about me is through my blog at http://ais.blog

5 comments

  1. I’m not a big Ubuntu user myself as I’ve had one bad experience trying to figure out how to install something really basic (Java Runtime) awhile back but I’ve been following Ubuntu, just in case if I might have the slightest chance of becoming interested. Nothing will deter me from thinking that Mac OS X is nothing but #1 so I’m a bit biased. The US version has yet to release so I’ll wait until tomorrow to download and try it out through Parallels on my computer!

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    1. Really? That’s really hilarious, Andrew. Installing software, especiall Java Runtime, Flash Player, etc is several times easier in Ubuntu than Windows. I believe there was no one to help you out or you didn’t do much search on how to do this. Since it’s little different than Windows, people don’t figure out at first.

      However, with 10.10, these things are automatically downloaded and installed during system installation. In case you miss it, you can any time install these software by going to Ubuntu Software Center and typing “Ubuntu Restricted Extras”.

      Ubuntu is a new experience for new people. In first few days, they’ll need some help. Just like first computer users need. Then, everything is fine.

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  2. I think I had same problem as Andrew, Ubuntu seems great, but because no one I know really uses it, I couldn’t get properly to grips with it. I’d like to try again some day

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  3. Hello Sajib,
    Ubuntu is one of the best Linux distributions that I’ve ever used and tried. The new release 10.10 “Maverick Meerkat” is more mature and useful for users than the older versions, especially for those who tried releases older than 8.10. Anyway, the 10.04LTS is available for long term support if users don’t won’t the 10.10 release.

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