Ubuntu 10.10 Beta Release Available for Download; Maverick Meerkat Final Release Scheduled for October

September 3, 2010, By Alex Ion

The Ubuntu 10.10 beta release has just been officially announced. Folks from Canonical took the wraps off the new version of the popular Linux distribution and mentioned that although it’s available for download now, the final stable version, codenamed Maverick Meerkat, will only come out in October 10, 2010.

Ubuntu 10.10 beta release

For those of you who don’t know it, Ubuntu 10.10 beta brings a number of UI improvements along with updated portions of code. It is now available with GNOME 2.31, which introduces support for the new dconf configuration storage system. Then there’s also Shotwell, a new application developed by nonprofit software group Yorba as a replacement for Ubuntu’s standard F-Spot photo tool.

New features in Maverick includes work on panel indicators, too. Apparently Canonical tweaked the audio indication which now, not only comes with a volume management slider it comes with playback controls — that means there’s no need for individual audio apps with own notification area icons.

Ubuntu 10.10 also mentions an updated Ubuntu Software Center which is supposedly faster and more responsible. It now comes with a more refined and aesthetically sophisticated new looks that include a “Featured” and “Whats New” carousel on the Frontpage, a “History” feature that keeps track of what’s been installed/removed/upgraded and a section for purchasing commercial third-party applications.

However, the one thing that has seen particularly dramatic improvements in this Ubuntu 10.10 release is the Ubuntu Netbook Edition — all these thanks to Canonical’s work on the new Unity user interface. Tthe global menu bar is now part of the default interface and the date/time indicator has a real calendar widget.

For those who’d like to learn more about this Ubuntu 10.10 beta release can refer to the release notes, or they can download and install it right away.

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