Ubuntu 10.10, Dubbed Maverick Meerkat, Available for Download; Focuses on Personal Cloud

Written By Sam on 11 October 2010

Canonical gave itself a perfect 10 for the release of Ubuntu 10.10, dubbed Maverick Meerkat. If you visit the official Ubunto site, you will be greeted with a banner claiming “The perfect 10 is here!”. The latest version for desktop and netbook editions was made available for download on October 10, is focused on home and mobile computing users and brings some user interface improvements with GNOME 2.31. The desktop edition comes with new online and offline applications with a focus on personal cloud.

The Ubuntu Netbook Edition flaunts an all-new desktop interface called ‘Unity,’ specifically tuned for smaller screens and computing on the move. The Unity also supports touch and gestures (thanks to a software framework called uTouch) and comes with larger icons and a more touch-intuitive interface. The new version includes 17 new wallpapers from photographers around the world; revamped default theme; new default font; and OneConf feature enabling users to sync multiple installed applications through multiple machines, via Ubuntu Software Center.

Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat Features

Ubuntu One: A personal cloud service for Ubuntu users. It includes new services and expanded features, and allows interoperability with other operating systems including Google’s Android, Apple’s iPhone and Microsoft Windows. Ubuntu One Basic, available free of charge, provides a personal cloud for sharing and syncing files, contacts, bookmarks and notes, with 2GB of free storage, access to music from the integrated store and (new in 10.10) a beta client for Windows allowing users to integrate their Windows and Ubuntu worlds.

As part of the paid Ubuntu One Mobile service, applications are now available for Android and iPhone so users can stream their music collections from their personal cloud to their mobile devices and synchronize contacts. Users might find that they need extra capacity so 20GB blocks of additional storage can be purchased on demand.

Ubuntu Software Centre: The Ubuntu Software Centre gives users instant access a host of applications, games and tools. It has an updated look and feel, including the new ‘Featured’ and ‘What’s New’ views for showcasing applications, an improved package description view, and a ‘For Purchase’ software category has been added. You can also now easily access your package installation history too. Now users can also purchase commercial applications, besides accessing the free applications. The idea is to attract app developers and software publishers to make their work available to Ubuntu users.

Pricing and availability

  • Ubuntu 10.10 Desktop Edition: Available free of charge for download from http://www.ubuntu.com
  • Ubuntu 10.10 Netbook Edition (featuring the Unity interface): Available free of charge for download at source.

Existing Ubuntu users can upgrade directly from Ubuntu 10.04 LTS.

  • Ubuntu One: Available from http://one.ubuntu.com
  • Ubuntu One Basic: Free of charge
  • Ubuntu One Mobile: Comes with a price tag of $3.99 per month or $39.99 annually
  • Ubuntu One 20-pack storage: Costs $2.99 per month or $29.99 annually for each 20GB package

Ubuntu Software Centre and its applications can be accessed from the Ubuntu Applications menu.

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