Announcing the Release Candidate for Ubuntu 10.10
robbie at ubuntu.com
Thu Sep 30 18:46:26 BST 2010
Releases are big. You just won’t believe how vastly, hugely,
mind-bogglingly big they are. I mean, you may think it’s a long haul to
release a single Linux package or application, but that’s just peanuts
to a Linux distribution release. Because of this, we must work our way
up to it, incrementally…bit by bit…milestone by milestone...it takes a
lot of Deep Thought. So with that, we formally announce Ubuntu 10.10
Release Candidate. Codenamed "Maverick Meerkat", 10.10 continues
Ubuntu's proud tradition of integrating the latest and greatest open
source technologies into a high-quality, easy-to-use Linux distribution.
We consider this release candidate to be complete, stable, and suitable
for testing by any user.
Ubuntu 10.10 Desktop Edition and Ubuntu 10.10 Netbook Edition continue
to focus on delivering cutting edge technologies, while preserving a
crisp and clean user-focused experience.
Kubuntu 10.10 merges the desktop and netbook images into one download
and features a new application focused software manager.
Ubuntu 10.10 Server Edition provides even better integration of the
Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud and other key features such as: Hadoop, Web2.0
workloads, and hypervisor technologies.
Ubuntu 10.10 Server for UEC and EC2 brings the power and stability of
the Ubuntu Server Edition to cloud computing, whether you're using
Amazon EC2 or your own Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud.
Release Candidates have also been released for several Ubuntu variants,
Xubuntu, Edubuntu, Ubuntu Studio, and Mythbuntu.
In addition, there are a small number of known bugs in the release
candidate that will be fixed before the Ubuntu 10.10 release, but
warrant highlighting for your attention:
Ubuntu Desktop features
The GNOME base platform has been updated to the current 2.32 versions.
This includes the new dconf and gsettings API.
Evolution was updated to the 2.30.3 version, which operates much faster
than 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
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, and
an improved package description view. You can now easily access your
package installation history, too.
New Design: The boot process is cleaner and faster. New themes, new
icons, and new wallpaper bring a dramatically updated look and feel to
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 Server features
Cloud computing: The configurable initialization process for Ubuntu
Server cloud images (cloud-init) has gained new features in Maverick
Beta, including pluggable hooks, ebsmount, ext4 support, and new stanzas
in the cloud-config format. Cloud image instances can now manage their
own kernel and upgrade kernels with apt. This is done by using pv-grub,
provided by Amazon.
Ubuntu Netbook features
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. Evolution is now performing a special
mode more suited for netbook screen size.
The standard photo management application has been switched to Shotwell
and UNE comes will all goodness of the Desktop Edition too.
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.
For Maverick, Kubuntu have merged the Desktop and Netbook images into
one. Either Plasma Desktop or Plasma Netbook workspace will be started
at login as best suits your computers. Users will be able to switch
between the two in System Settings.
Plasma Netbook now sports the Global Menu by default.
The standard web browser is now Rekonq, a KDE browser based on Qt
Bluedevil has become the default bluetooth stack.
Pulseaudio is the default sound server.
KPackageKit updates bring a faster backend and an updated UI that
provides an application focused view.
Kubuntu's installer, Ubiquity, now starts the install as soon as disks
are configured, and offers the option to install restricted packages
during the install. Qapt-batch now replaces install-package as the
KDE Platform, Workspaces, and Applications have been updated to 4.5.1
Qt was updated to the new 4.7 release.
Kubuntu Mobile Tech Preview is a new variant with a workspace suitable
for smart phones.
See https://wiki.kubuntu.org/MaverickMeerkat/RC/Kubuntu for more
Xfce4 was updated to the current 4.6.2 release.
New default applications include: Parole (Xfce4 Media Player), replacing
Totem Movie Player; Xfburn (Xfce4 CD/DVD burning tool), replacing
Brasero; and xfce4-taskmanager (Xfce4 process manager), replacing
Edubuntu now includes Gnome Nanny, which provides parental controls in
Edubuntu. There is new wallpaper included (periodic table breakout). In
addition, an OEM Install mode is now available.
For those interested in learning more, there's a new web site as well.
Check out http://www.edubuntu.org.
Ubuntu Studio features
In this release, Ubuntu Studio has better integration between Pulse
Audio and JACK. JACK and Pulse Audio can now be used side-by-side if
they are using different audio interfaces. If they are trying to use the
same audio interface, JACK will take precedent. The network connections
can now be configured with gnome-network-admin.
In this release, Mythbuntu has updated to MythTV 0.23.1.
There is also a new backup and restore tool.
* On the Desktop: GNOME 2.32, KDE Platform 4.5.1, Xfce 4.6.2,
OpenOffice.org 3.2.1, X.org server 7.5
* On the Server: Apache 2.2.16, PostgreSQL 8.4.4, PHP 5.3.3, LTSP 5.2.4
* "Under the hood": Linux 220.127.116.11, GCC 4.4.5 (default) / 4.5.1
(optional), eglibc 2.12.1, Python 2.6.6 (default) / 3.1.2 (optional)
The full release notes can be found at
Ubuntu is a full-featured Linux distribution for desktops, laptops, and
servers, with a fast and easy installation and regular releases. A
tightly-integrated selection of excellent applications is included, and
an incredible variety of add-on software is just a few clicks away.
Professional technical support is available from Canonical Limited and
hundreds of other companies around the world. For more information
about support, visit http://www.ubuntu.com/support
To Get Ubuntu 10.10 RC
To upgrade to Ubuntu 10.10 RC from Ubuntu 10.04 LTS,
follow these instructions:
Or, download Ubuntu 10.10 RC; The following link will direct you to a
download location near you:
http://www.ubuntu.com/testing/download (Ubuntu Desktop, Server, and
http://uec-images.ubuntu.com/releases/10.10/rc/ (Ubuntu Server for UEC
and EC2) <<BR>>
http://releases.ubuntu.com/kubuntu/10.10/ (Kubuntu) <<BR>>
http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/xubuntu/releases/10.10/rc/ (Xubuntu) <<BR>>
http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/edubuntu/releases/10.10/rc/ (Edubuntu DVD)
(Ubuntu ARM) <<BR>>
Mobile Preview) <<BR>>
(Kubuntu Mobile Preview ARM) <<BR>>
Please download using Bittorent if possible.
The final version of Ubuntu 10.10 is expected to be released in October
Feedback and Participation
If you would like to help shape Ubuntu, take a look at the list of ways
can participate at
Your comments, bug reports, patches and suggestions will help turn this
Beta into the best release of Ubuntu ever. Please note that, where
possible, we prefer that bugs be reported using the tools provided,
than by visiting Launchpad directly. Instructions can be found at
If you have a question, or if you think you may have found a bug but are
sure, first try asking on the #ubuntu IRC channel on freenode, on the
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Robbie Williamson robbie at ubuntu.com
"You can't be lucky all the time, but you can be smart everyday"
"Arrogance is thinking you are better than everyone else, while
Confidence is knowing no one else is better than you." -Me ;)
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