The tenth day of the tenth month in the tenth year of the new millennium, has been chosen by Canonical for the launch of the latest version of their operating system, Ubuntu 10.10. Sticking to its schedule of updation on every April and October, the latest release comes with an interesting code name – “Maverick Meerkat“. Meerkat comes with interesting features that is likely to boost the popularity of Ubuntu as a operating system.
Following is the list of upgrades to the last version 10.04 of Ubuntu :
- The Genome based platform has been updated to version 2.52 which include deconf and gsetting API.
- Evolution’s new 2.30 version is much faster as compared to the last version.
- The installation has become easier with the provision of downloading updates at the time of installation.
- Booting has become cleaner and faster.
- The sound indicator has been extended to include music player controls. The feel of Ubuntu has been improved with a brand new set of themes, wallpapers and icons.
- The default image viewer is currently Shotwell.
- Gwibber has been updated to include Twitters new authentication system, OAuth.
- The new software center includes a new “For Purchase” category along with “featured” and “Whats new” view.
- The main addition is the default activation of the Ubuntu One Cloud service. It allows 2 GB of free online storage which can be extended by another 20 GB at a price of $2.99, a month or $30 a year. This tool also synchronizes the data with the cloud using the Nautilus File Manager so that it can be accessed from anywhere.
The latest version of Ubuntu, 10.10 focuses on providing users with better clouding service and the introduction of paid apps is sure to make it more appealing to all its users and developers. Ubuntu 10.10 32 bit and 64 bit editions are available for free download on Ubuntu.com.