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new ubuntuWonder whether the new Ubuntu is worth a shot, but found the official list of new Ubuntu features lacking in pictures and context? We’ve got a summary below, complete with screenshots. Find out if you want to download Ubuntu 10.10.

Windows users see a new release every four years or so; Mac users, about every two. Ubuntu users, on the other hand, get a new Ubuntu upgrade every six months free of charge. Sometimes the changes are major; sometimes minor.


Ubuntu 10.10, codename “Maverick Meerkat”, is an upgrade that consists of mostly minor changes. If you’re trying out Ubuntu for the first time you should probably use 10.10, but if you’re using 10.04 right now there’s no single compelling reason to upgrade (besides the usual geeky quest for the latest thing).

But enough chit-chat; let’s take a look at what’s in this new version of Ubuntu.

Software Center

After slowing evolving into something useful in recent years, the Software Center now has a new home page. Categories are broken down as you’d expect, but below them are the new “Featured” and “What’s New” sections. The idea here is to help people stumble upon new software.

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It’s not exactly the App Store, but it’s a step in the right direction.

Another possible step in the right direction is the “For Purchase” section. The Ubuntu team is hoping to sell software via this channel, something almost unheard of for a desktop Linux distribution.

The hope is this will attract developers to the platform. I myself can’t wait to use this to pay for InDesign and high-quality games, but the question is whether Linux users will be willing to pay for software when so much good stuff can be had for free. Time will tell, I suppose; for now there’s not much in the way of pay packages here.

Installation

The installation process is perhaps the most improved thing for end users. My favorite, though probably the most controversial, change is the inclusion of this screen:

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As you can see the installer now includes some helpful information about system requirements. Beyond that, though, you can now install Flash/Java/MP3 capability during installation and in one click. You can also have Ubuntu automatically download all updates before rebooting, which is a great way to ensure your desktop is totally ready for you in a few simple clicks.

The partitioning tool is also a great deal simpler now, which will be welcome to those with little understanding of such things:

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As you can see everything is explained in plain English, but access to more geeky controls is only a click away. Brilliant.

Another nice touch with the installation process: the annoying questions, including time zone and user name, are asked after the partitioning process begins. This is a really slick way to speed up installation, because it’s really easy for a computer to multi-task in this way.

There’s a really slick slide show that happens during installation; read more about that over at OMG Ubuntu.

Other Changes

Worth The Upgrade?

Is Ubuntu 10.10 worth the upgrade? That’s really up to you. If nothing here excites you I’d suggest sticking with Ubuntu 10.04, which as a Long Term Support release will continue working really well for you. But if a certain feature here excites you, or if you just plain like staying on the cutting edge, I’d recommend upgrading. There’s no reason not to; Ubuntu is free.

And you Windows users wondering whether or not to try 10.10? Come on; you’ll like it! There are plenty of reasons for a disgruntled Windows user to try Ubuntu 5 Reasons A Disgruntled Windows User Should Consider Using Ubuntu 5 Reasons A Disgruntled Windows User Should Consider Using Ubuntu Read More , and even if you don’t want to install a new operating system there are also reasons every Windows user should have a Ubuntu Live CD 4 Reasons Every Windows User Should Have An Ubuntu Live CD 4 Reasons Every Windows User Should Have An Ubuntu Live CD Read More .

Head over to Ubuntu.com today to download the latest Ubuntu, or you can have a CD mailed to your house free of charge. Yeah; that’s right. Mailed to your house, for free. There’s no reason not to try.

Stay tuned to MakeUseOf for an in-depth look at the new Ubuntu netbook operating system, and a list of recommended steps for new Ubuntu users. For now, though, discuss what you think of the new Ubuntu in the comments below, or feel free to ask any questions about trying this new operating system out. We’re here to help!

Image Credits : Photo from Wikipedia under Creative Commons License, originally by Ashleigh Thompson

  1. B83hawk
    December 18, 2010 at 3:25 am

    USED UBUNTU 10.4 NOW USE UBUNTU 10.10 LOVE IT

  2. B83hawk
    December 18, 2010 at 4:25 am

    USED UBUNTU 10.4 NOW USE UBUNTU 10.10 LOVE IT

  3. jd foxx
    December 12, 2010 at 7:26 am

    how do i use cricket wireless with ubuntu 10.10.. thanks anyone

  4. Pdur131
    November 2, 2010 at 12:30 pm

    Took the plunge last weekend to 10.10 and think its brilliant, just yesterday added to my wifes laptop and she is more than happy with the speed and browsing experience. Look forward to not having to clean the windows ever again ;o)

    • jhpot
      November 2, 2010 at 12:58 pm

      That is fantastic news. Enjoy.

  5. iwanttoknow
    October 20, 2010 at 12:24 am

    When installing Xubuntu I get a box saying GRUB canott be installed

    Is there any solution to make GRUB install

    Thanks In Advance

  6. iwanttoknow
    October 19, 2010 at 10:24 pm

    When installing Xubuntu I get a box saying GRUB canott be installed

    Is there any solution to make GRUB install

    Thanks In Advance

    • jhpot
      October 19, 2010 at 10:41 pm

      Sounds like a hardware incompatibility. What kind of computer do you have?

      • iwanttoknow
        October 22, 2010 at 9:12 pm

        Its an OLD custom built one 256MB ram and 70GB harddisk

  7. Tim
    October 19, 2010 at 9:29 pm

    vlc 1.1.4 was also included in Meercat - this is a big deal! Vlc 1.1.4 does hardware GPU acceleration for Nvidia and ATI users, making 1080p video watch-able.

  8. Anonymous
    October 18, 2010 at 10:37 pm

    great distro 10.10 has improved my Ati laptop card performance :)

  9. Anonymous
    October 16, 2010 at 7:42 pm

    @lisa ur absolutely ryt!! i like mint as many things come in advance like mp3, flash, java, vlc, gimp ........ but mint maybe little slow in speed when compared to ubuntu... also its never as simplistic n elegant as ubuntu but its atleast very good for newbies from windows where they want break free from the wall and (bill)gates!!

  10. Lisa
    October 14, 2010 at 5:03 pm

    @Yeah, no:
    How long does upgrading take? I use Mint and it takes me less than an hour to back up all my stuff, do a fresh install, restore all my files, and reinstall software. When I have had to reinstall Windows, this process takes no less than all day.

    All this talk about Ubuntu 10.10 makes me long for Mint 10.

    Cheers.

  11. Lisa
    October 14, 2010 at 3:03 pm

    @Yeah, no:
    How long does upgrading take? I use Mint and it takes me less than an hour to back up all my stuff, do a fresh install, restore all my files, and reinstall software. When I have had to reinstall Windows, this process takes no less than all day.

    All this talk about Ubuntu 10.10 makes me long for Mint 10.

    Cheers.

  12. Dave Drager
    October 14, 2010 at 3:07 am

    Installed this on 1 server and 1 laptop so far - no issues. The installer is very slick, it begins installing while still asking for your input so it goes much faster. Speedy and stable as far as I can tell!

  13. Yeah, no
    October 13, 2010 at 10:14 pm

    Why I'm not going to Ubuntu anytime soon: I have to upgrade the entire OS almost every 4 months.

    • Crisp Bacon
      October 13, 2010 at 10:31 pm

      That's garbage... you are not forced to upgrade with every new release. The most recent LTS (Long Term Support) version, 10.04, will be supported for 3 years and all other releases are supported for 18 months, so in the worst case you only need to upgrade every 18 months. I used the previous LTS version (8.04) for two years before upgrading to the new version.

  14. Richard Carpenter
    October 13, 2010 at 10:00 pm

    Canonical is headed in the right direction. 10.10 is seems to be alittle faster. although i have not done a full benchmark as of yet.

  15. Robert_M
    October 13, 2010 at 8:13 pm

    Canonical has done a great job at making Linux for everyone. Not that they've accomplished this goal, I think it's time for them start developing apps that professionals need.

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