We’ve talked about Ubuntu 10.10 bringing Multitouch for Netbooks, Tablets. Now, Canonical has announced the beta release of the much awaited Ubuntu 10.10 beta release, the new version of the popular Linux distribution, codenamed Maverick Meerkat, is scheduled for final release in October.
Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat brings some noteworthy user interface improvements with GNOME 2.31, with new dconf configuration storage system.
Meerkat is the successor of Lucid Lynx that would appear with an update to the Software Center allowing you to purchase paid-for Linux programs in an App Store-ish sort of way. However, the most appealing part is the Unity desktop interface, which is now the default for Ubuntu Netbook Edition.
Among other UI improvements, there are some new panel indicators, especially the audio indicator which now has playback controls in addition to a volume management slider, eliminating the need for individual audio applications to have their own notification area icons.