October arrives, and we know it, not because of the cooler days, the leaves falling, or the pumpkins. No, we know October arrives because of the newest Ubuntu version. This October marks 10.10, which was released on 10.10.10, Maverick Meerkat. This release does not offer a lot of cool new features, but especially on the netbook version, you will find some new things.
The biggest change is the Unity Interface for the Ubuntu Netbook Remix.
Definitely a step in the right direction. I almost think this could replace my personal need for the dock on the left side. Left-handedness, I guess. I do the same thing with Windows 7 and RocketDock. So with all the Ubuntu netbooks our school has, I will probably work toward replacing the old interface with Unity as we upgrade OS. Will probably work well on eeePCs.
Besides that, not too many new changes in 10.10. They replaced FSpot, the image organizer, with Shotwell. Lots of comments on this, most saying Shotwell contains a lot of great features, but does not seem ready for primetime yet. You will also find some changes with the Ubuntu One integration and the notification system. As I reviewed in a previous post, Ubuntu One can come to your mobile device and Windows machine now. I see more of that coming.
Just another good, sturdy release. Many bugfixes, which, while not reportable, definitely help continue to bring Linux on the desktop to more computers. Next up, the Narwhal, Ubuntu’s 11.04 version due out in March, 2011.