The Ubuntu developers are moving quickly to bring you the absolute latest and greatest software the Open Source community has to offer. The Maverick Meerkat Release Candidate of Ubuntu 10.10, bringing with it new features for the next version of Ubuntu.
The final stable version will be released on October 10, 2010.
New features in Maverick
As with every new release, packages–applications and software of all kinds–are being updated at a rapid pace. Many of these packages came from an automatic sync from Debian’s Unstable branch. The period of automatic syncs has stopped now, so from now on there will be fewer changes.
For a list of all packages being accepted for 10.10 Maverick Meerkat, you have to subscribe maverick-changes:
The Ubuntu Font
The Ubuntu font has been officially released and added to the install media. We are considering making it the default font, and thus request that you please try it out and let us know your thoughts.
Ubuntu Desktop Edition
The GNOME base platform has been updated to the current 2.32 versions. This particularly includes the new dconf and gsettings API.
Evolution was updated to the 2.30 version, which operates much faster compared to the version in Ubuntu 10.04 LTS.
Shotwell has replaced F-Spot as the default photo manager.
Gwibber has been updated to support the recent change in Twitter’s authentication system, as well as changing the back end storage to improve performance.
The Sound Indicator has been enhanced to include music player controls.
The Ubuntu Software Center has an updated look and feel, including the new “Featured” and “What’s New” views for showcasing applications, an improved package description view, and a “For Purchase” software category has been added. You can also now easily access your package installation history too.
Ubuntu One: Polished desktop integration with new sign up and sign in process. Tighter integration with Ubuntu SSO. Nautilus enhancements for managing folder sync preferences. Faster file sync speed. Share links to music within the Ubuntu One Music Store.
Ubuntu Netbook Edition
The new Unity interface is now the default in Ubuntu Netbook Edition. It includes places for launching applications and browsing files, semantic search through the usage of zeitgeist, optimizing vertical space with a global menu bar and maximizing application by default. A launcher is also available for keeping and dealing with mostly used applications. All favorites from UNE lucid or gnome panel items and desktop shortcuts are automatically transitioned to the launcher on first run.
In addition to that, the date and time indicator now has a real calendar widget and is included by default.
The standard photo management application has been switched to Shotwell and UNE comes will all goodness of the Desktop Edition too. Evolution is now performing a special mode more suited for netbook screen size.
UNE needs graphical driver acceleration to be able to run. Otherwise, you should be warned about missing them and will be logout and proposed to run standard ubuntu desktop session.
The server is now turned on and we request those with the available funds, to purchase our test package called Rick’s Wallpapers. The cost is $1 and all profits will go to the Ubuntu Project itself. Please report any problems you have by running ubuntu-bug software-center from a terminal window.
The software-center got a “Featured” and “Whats New” carousel in the Frontpage. It is faster and more responsive and contains a “History” feature that keeps track of what was installed/removed/upgraded. Plugin support is added and technical items will not be shown by default.
Ubuntu Server Cloud images
cloud-init, the configurable initialization process for Ubuntu Server cloud images, has gained new features in Maverick Alpha 2, including pluggable hooks, ebsmount, ext4 support, and new stanzas in the cloud-config format.
Starting with Alpha3, cloud images instances can now manage their own kernel, and can upgrade kernels with apt. This is done by utilizing pv-grub provided by Amazon. The functionality is also provided on UEC hosts running Maverick Alpha 3 or later.
Starting with Beta, cloud images can now easily be run outside of an EC2 or UEC instance environment. This will allow you to quickly and easily test function in cloud-init or other features of the image without needing to start a new instance. There is more information available on the Ubuntu wiki.
The new btrfs file system may now be used during installation via manual partitioning, as long as /boot is on some other file system.RC includes the 2.6.35-22.33 kernel which is based on the 188.8.131.52 Upstream stable kernel.