Canonical Shoots for “Perfect 10” With New Ubuntu Release
This Sunday–the tenth day of the tenth month of the tenth year of the millennium–Ubuntu 10.10, better known to some as “Maverick Meerkat,” will officially debut. We can’t promise the day will be as momentous as the end of the First World War. But it will bring a number of major changes and new features to the world’s most popular Linux distribution. Read on for highlights.
Ubuntu 10.10 breaks with the past on a number of fronts. Beyond its debut date on a Sunday–a contrast to Canonical’s tradition of pushing out new releases on Thursdays, and usually a bit closer to the end of the month–notable changes in Maverick include:
- An enhanced look for the desktop edition, which represents a refinement of the radically new theme introduced with Ubuntu 10.04 last April. Maverick keeps the same color palette, but features classier fonts and a wider selection of wallpaper built in. Of course, many users may not pay much attention to updates in the appearance department, since Ubuntu’s look can be customized to infinity by anyone who doesn’t like the defaults.
- New Ubuntu One features, which help set the Ubuntu One client apart from services like Dropbox by emphasizing the former’s potential to support a “personal cloud,” as Canonical is calling it, rather than serving merely as a data-synchronization tool.
- Updates to Ubuntu Server’s cloud tools, which Canonical no doubt hopes will help Ubuntu Server Edition to compete against enterprise-oriented Linux distributions like Red Hat and Novell’s SUSE.
- Unity, a version of Ubuntu customized for netbooks and other highly portable devices, has become the default interface for Ubuntu Netbook Edition. While Canonical’s Steve George told me to expect Unity to continue evolving in significant ways beyond Maverick, I liked what I saw when I tested Unity last month and look forward to what the future will hold.
This list isn’t comprehensive, of course–there are a number of smaller changes that complement the major ones outlined above.
Will Maverick be the “perfect 10.10” that Ubuntu founder Mark Shuttleworth envisions? That’s not a question we can answer, since perfection is in the eye of the beholder. But whether you use on Ubuntu on a desktop, netbook, server or all three, let us know if you check out Ubuntu 10.10.