Ubuntu, everyone’s favourite open source Linux distribution, has reached version 10.10 today, with the addition of a few new features and the streamlining of existing ones. Rather than spend a long time on the introduction, let’s just get straight to it, and check out the new additions in “Maverick Meerkat”.
As the last version of Ubuntu, 10.04, was a long term support release, there aren’t massive amounts of changes going on in the new version, as is expected with more minor releases. However, there are a few neat additions that we can get stuck in to!
The one thing that a lot of people ask me questions about when getting started is how to install Linux without any trouble! A lot of progress has been made in recent versions to make the installation process as simple and painless as possible, and for the most part it is.
When beginning the install, you’re presented with a short check list of things before you proceed. These concern basics like hard drive space, making sure you are plugged in to a power source, and making sure that you are connected to the internet as well. At this stage, you can also select to install proprietary software, such as MP3 compatibility and Flash content, which isn’t open source. You will also have Ubuntu packages updated to make sure that they are currently up-to-date during installation.
Updated Software Centre
The Ubuntu software centre is a more recent introduction to Ubuntu, but one which I feel has been needed in the operating system for a long time. It saves users the hassle of hunting down software online, with it being collected in one, easy to access location.
It still isn’t perfect, but additions such as a features apps section, alongside better support for additional repositories make it even better still in Maverick Meerkat. Hopefully, the development team will continue to improve the application, so it’s a viable one-stop means of getting all the programs one would need as a new user of Ubuntu.
Ubuntu One Music Streaming Service
If there is one thing that I’ve been looking for endlessly over the past year or so, it is a way to stream my entire music library over the air to my phone, wherever I am in the world. Thankfully, the latest version of Ubuntu One (think of it as Dropbox for Ubuntu users) supports just that, and with apps that are close to release on both the iPhone App Store and Android Market, streaming your entire music library to your phone has never been closer. More on this when it comes to fruition, hopefully sooner rather than later!
Of course, there are far too many applications and features to mention in just one post, but hopefully you have a better idea of what Ubuntu 10.10 has in store for you once you’ve gone to the Ubuntu website and downloaded it for yourself.
If you haven’t used Ubuntu before, it may be a good opportunity to try it out now with the latest release, and if you get stuck, you can always refer to our Linux Training Week to learn more about this open source operating system!
If you do try the new release out, be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments, as always.