The most awaited release of the humman linux has arrived: Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat.
Ubuntu 10.10 has brought Multitouch for Netbooks, Tablets. 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.
A new software framework called uTouch has been developed intended on simplifying gesture handling. Some of the common grammar of gestures that will be incorporated in Ubuntu 10.10 were demonstrated in an early draft, and now are mature.
The uTouch wont do all this on its own. Unless and until you have a kernel that’s touch aware, user experience will suffer. That’s why Ubuntu’s multitouch relies on some of the recent improvements in the Linux kernel, the Xorg display server, and the Gtk+ toolkit. Multitouch X Input Extension is the heart of all these improvements that would enable multitouch-enhanced user experience on the desktop.
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.
Stream Music to Your Phone
Ubuntu’s music player now includes an integrated store, just like iTunes plus with Ubuntu One’s file-syncing magic you can stream your music to your Android or iPhone.
Ubuntu boots faster on all computers, but it’s super-fast on newer multicore machines. Not just the booting is fast, even desktop is ready in few seconds to hit the web.
Integrated Social Networks
Ubuntu’s new Me Menu lets you access your Facebook and Twitter accounts straight from the desktop. Easily connect to all your favourite chat channels and make updates through a single window. Facebook, Twitter, Jabber, Gtalk, any IM are just seconds away.