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Ubuntu 10.10 Set for Release this Sunday


Ubuntu 10.10 Set for Release this Sunday

Canonical has announced that Ubuntu 10.10 Desktop and Netbook Editions, also known as Maverick Meerkat, will be available for download from this Sunday, 10 October.

The Netbook Edition will sport an all new interface called ‘Unity’, designed specifically for smaller screens and will feature touch and gesture support for compatible hardware.

The new OS will focus on cloud based services and will offer Ubuntu One, which the company said would offer new services and expanded features. The basic service will be free of charge and offer 2GB of free storage and will sync files, contacts and bookmarks. If extra space is needed 20GB of extra space can be purchased for $2.99 per month or $29.99.

The Ubuntu One Mobile service meanwhile will let users stream their own music from their cloud space to their Android or iPhone handsets, but this will cost $3.99 per month or $39.99 annually.

The Ubuntu Software Centre, no doubt inspired by the success of mobile apps stores, will for the first time feature both free and commercial software.

Ubuntu said that is does not plan to sue Microsoft, as Opera did, in its quest for greater market share. "There's no doubt Microsoft is dominant in the industry and has much more marketing muscle than we do," Steve George, vice president of business development at Canonical told PC Pro.

Instead, Canonical is relying on the quality of the product to persuade customers to switch - and is no doubt hoping that people take the time to compare the Meerkat - to Windows. "The improvements we're making to Ubunutu... are a better route for us to reach out to users and get a bigger user base," said George.

Link: www.ubuntu.com.

Chris Hamer

October 7, 2010, 9:06 pm

The only reason I don't fully adopt linux is because of the software, like all the games i have and also the Adobe Software packages, Packet Tracer and some others.

Otherwise its great!


October 7, 2010, 9:06 pm

Been using the Beta for a while now and it&#8217s a good upgrade, only problem was the software centre still doesn&#8217t have a user reviews/score, I hope that&#8217s implemented in the final version.

I convinced my wife to try Ubuntu, It took a while, now she loves it!


October 7, 2010, 9:59 pm

I know this gets asked every time Ubuntu issues a new release, but any chance of a review?


October 7, 2010, 10:10 pm

I have the latest release of Ubuntu on a USB stick. - Find it useful to help delete files Win7 seems to attached to and allow me the courtesy to remove!

Having said this, whilst the Ubuntu environment is charming, and, at the risk of offending the linux geeks, once you step outside the supplied software you are confronted by command lines to install packages. Also in my limited (admitted) experience it can be a right swine sometimes..

BUT I live in hope and look forward to future smoothing of the edges. We do need mass market competition to Windows and no Apple is not, as it is proprietary to their hardware - unless you hack. Also, free sometimes is quite good!


October 8, 2010, 2:08 am

I use Ubuntu 10.04 on both my desktop and secondary laptop as well as being familiar with linux on clusters through running computational chemistry calculations. I would love to run Ubuntu on my primary laptop (Dell Inspiron M101z) instead of having to use the relatively buggy Cygwin as an Xclient however the linux support offered by AMD isn't really up to scratch and leads to crashing upon loading the OS.

Hopefully 10.10 will add support for the Neo processors.

Peter 20

October 8, 2010, 4:57 am

@ Chocoa

It's kinna like a car with a manual transmission Vs. automatic. Those who never drove manual swear by automatics and cannot in their mind imagine how anyone can drive a manual. But once you give it a chance and spend some time getting use to it, it becomes like second nature you don't have to think much about it and you don't want to do things any other way.

Most people can't imagine using the "command lines" because it's not user friendly but after a while of working with it you realize it's actual very intuitive, and many tasks (not all of them) but many are actually faster to type in than going around clicking through menus and scrawling through icons and folders.

Hamish Campbell

October 8, 2010, 12:52 pm

@Chocoa - Hmmm I think if you look at Ubuntu and it's software center, you don't go anywhere near a command line. Its graphical one stop shop for all the software you could need. Is there even a comparitive service for that in Windows? One application that searches for, displays descriptions and screen shots and installs, pretty much all the applications available.

I mean, I love me some command line, but unless you want bleeding edge packages you don't need to get near it.


October 8, 2010, 2:05 pm

@haim and @Peter - I wish you were right about the command line, but it's not my experience. I have an Acer netbook and thought Ubuntu would run better than Win7 (which it does) - but then discovered Linux has a big problem with Intel GMA500 chipsets. Apparently this is Intel's fault, but it didn't help me. I was forced into the command line within minutes. I'm old enough to remember DOS commands but had to root about the interweb to find out how to do something as simple as change directory (and it still didn't work and I still don't know what I was doing wrong).

With much blood sweat and tears I overcame the GMA500 problems and I'm very happy with the result. But it shouldn't be that hard, and a lot more work needs to be done before ubuntu's ready for mainstream users.

Ubuntu's on an upward curve and it's great - but I think it needs to steal ideas from the best things out there rather than following a poodle like adherence to OSX, whatever their common heritage. I'm sticking with Win7 on my main machine. I hate Microsoft's commercial policies (the way that product activation makes it hard to use software I've paid for legitimately, but that's another story) but for me in its file and task management Win7 remains the most productive and mature OS on the market. That said, if Ubuntu carries on like this, Win8 will have to be very special indeed to hold my allegiance.


October 8, 2010, 2:32 pm

sudo rm -rf /

Only command you need ;)

Hamish Campbell

October 8, 2010, 2:39 pm

@peebee - oh you are quite right, there are still issues with hardware support. And they require not only command line, but also often extensive googling, forum reading and general frustration. So if you hit this issue as a non technical user, you are pretty screwed.

I'm sure we are all aware that this is due to manufacturers not supporting linux/not being willing to open source their drivers. However one spreads the blame it doesn't solve the problem for the end user.


October 8, 2010, 4:41 pm

I have been using Ubuntu since approximatly 7.04. I had never used anything other than windows before. I think the key to moving to Linux is to have an inquisative (spelling?) nature and be prepared to read and learn new things. If this is not you then you may struggle, although with every release things get easier. I put Ubuntu on my girlfriends machine as I was fed up of her moaning and asking about help to fix this and that and she was always moaning about how long it would boot and crash. Now she happily goes about her business. The only time she needs windows is for Itunes. For me I only boot to windows for gaming.

P.S. I am not slating any OS each to their own.


October 8, 2010, 5:29 pm

sudo rm -rf /

That doesn't do anything, Ubuntu (and most other distros) won't execute that command without an explicit --no-preserve-root switch. Newbie friendly, kind of.

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