Ubuntu releases its newest version 10.10 – Maverick Meerkat for common people to test. It’s previous release – Lucid Lynx was a mark improvement on the GUI and usability, this one takes it to the whole new level.
The design of the new desktop is looking something fresh and different with the toolbar being shifted to the right hand side and menus being replaced by icons which are beautifully designed and placed. Transparent search bar adds to the design making it easy for the user to search. The beta ships with GNOME 2.31
Ubuntu’s standard F-Spot photo tool has been replaced by Shotwell, a relatively new application that is developed by nonprofit software group Yorba. Although it’s not as feature-complete as F-Spot, it’s progressing quickly and has a lot to offer. Ubuntu 10.10 stable release might extend its support for iPhone and iPad support for its music software – Banshee.
Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat’s software center has been strengthened with a history where you can track all the software you have installed on your machine . Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat won’t run on processors below i686.
Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat comes with a netbook and a mobile version “Unity” which includes a new panel and application launcher that makes it fast and easy to access preferred applications, such as the browser, while removing screen elements that are rarely used in mobile and netbook computing.
In parallel, Canonical announced Ubuntu Light, an implementation of Ubuntu that is based on Unity and intended for the dual-boot ‘instant-web’ market. This pared-down version of Ubuntu features chat, IM, browser and media player applications and is aimed at PC manufacturers seeking an ‘instant-web’ experience that complements Windows on consumer PCs.
With its latest version – Maverick Meerkat, Ubuntu has proved that Steve Jobs is not the only one with design aesthetics.
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