So time to upgrade to Ubuntu 10.10, also known as Maverick Meerkat. Not too many earth-shattering upgrades this time, but I can proudly say that short of a self-inflicted error, no issues on upgrades on the XPS 400 desktop, nor the dual-booting Vostro 1320. So on that laptop, I can dual boot Windows 7 and Ubuntu 10.10. Pretty neat. And a large improvement over the days where I would upgrade a version, and would need to spend a week tweaking things like wifi. The main culprit, the Inspiron E1705, has not yet received the upgrade. I will probably try that sometime soon.
The main difference is the shift from FSpot to Shotwell for photo management. I did not use FSpot (difficult and not intuitive) and I doubt I will use Shotwell. I am a Picasa guy for management, so this is a non-issue for me. Shotwell does try to bring itself more in line with Picasa, but it is still rough around the edges.
So not much really to report on in Meerkat. I believe the real change will possibly come with Natty Narwhal, 11.04, where Ubuntu will move away from Gnome as a desktop manager in favor of Unity. That could really change everything, either for the good or bad, time will tell. They will also shift from Open Office to Libre Office, in favor of The Document Foundation. We know the politics there! Circle April, 2011 for our next Ubuntu review!