Decided to not wait until October to try the new Ubuntu 10.10. I downloaded the .iso beta and am currently waiting for it to boot in a VM in VirtualBox. One thing that jumped out right away was the install message that asked if I wanted it to download the mp3 functionality now. Of course we know Linux, for whatever reason, cannot ship to certain places with the encoders for certain media files. Silly, that it really does not stop anyone from downloading it after the fact, but there it is.
Not too much new with this release. Boot seems a little faster. Lots more purple. I miss the orange and brown days…maybe I’m the only one. And the main window buttons changed a little, and by default, back to the left. I definitely do not like that. Apps pretty much the same. We lost GIMP recently, and it seems they will put their umppfff behind Shotwell instead of fSpot for photos. Quite a green app, but we will see. Now, to wait for the official release next month to see what changes.