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Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat released

October 10, 2010 Leave a comment

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Ubuntu 10.10Ubuntu 10.10 has been launched today, October 10 2010 exactly at 10:10 and is ready for general consumption. Download your version using the links below. These are the bittorrent links, so feel free to connect with your favorite bittorrent client. No worry, the more people using these links, the faster the downloads.

Some highlights:

  • Focused on home and mobile computing users, Ubuntu 10.10 introduces an array of online and offline applications to Ubuntu Desktop edition with a particular focus on the personal cloud.
  • Ubuntu Netbook Edition users will experience an all-new desktop interface called ‘Unity’ — specifically tuned for smaller screens and computing on the move.
  • Also includes:
    • a brand-new Ubuntu font family,
    • a redesigned system installer,
    • the latest GNOME 2.32 desktop,
    • Shotwell as the new default photo manager, and a number of other features.

See the release announcement, press release, and release notes for further details.

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Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat: detailed release schedule

July 11, 2010 Leave a comment

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Ubuntu Maverick MeerkatOn April 2 2010, Mark Shuttleworth revealed the name of the upcoming Ubuntu 10.10 release: Maverick Meerkat. As usual, I hopped to the Release Schedule page at Ubuntu’s site. This is the spot of reference for everything in the development/release cycle of every single version. But most people don’t know what each step in the process means. Let’s discuss them in detail now.

Let’s start with the last line of the page linked above. On Sunday October 10, that is the 10/10/10 Ubuntu v10.10 will see the light. This is a very tight release plan. Let’s try to identify where we are now, supposing that the project is still on track. July 11 corresponds to Release Development Iteration 2. What are all these Iterations? These are phases that represent milestones of the schedule, and refer to what activities can happen during this time. The milestones are reached when a certain intermediate release is made. Those interim releases are:

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