New features in Maverick
Feature development for Maverick has completed. Please see the Maverick blueprint list
Please test and report any bugs you find:
As with every new release, packages--applications and software of all kinds--are being updated at a rapid pace. Many of these packages came from an automatic sync from Debian's Unstable branch. The period of automatic syncs has stopped now, so from now on there will be fewer changes.
For a list of all packages being accepted for 10.10 Maverick Meerkat, please subscribe to maverick-changes:
The Ubuntu Font
The Ubuntu font
has been officially released and added to the install media. We are considering making it the default font, and thus request that you please try it out and let us know your thoughts.
Ubuntu Desktop Edition
base platform has been updated to the current 2.32 versions
. This particularly includes the new dconf and gsettings
was updated to the 2.30 version, which operates much faster compared to the version in Ubuntu 10.04 LTS.
has replaced F-Spot
as the default photo manager.
has been updated to support the recent change in Twitter's authentication system, as well as changing the back end storage to improve performance.
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, an improved package description view, and a "For Purchase" software category has been added. You can also now easily access your package installation history too.
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 Netbook Edition
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.
The standard photo management application has been switched to Shotwell
and UNE comes will all goodness of the Desktop Edition too. Evolution is now performing a special mode more suited for netbook screen size.
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.
Kubuntu 10.10 RC comes with the latest KDE
Software. KDE Platform, Workspaces and Applications were updated to 4.5.1
For 10.10 Beta, Kubuntu has merged the Desktop and Netbook images into one image featuring both the Plasma Desktop and Plasma Netbook workspaces. The appropriate workspace for your machine will be launched at login, you can also change the workspace in System Settings.
Plasma Netbook now sports the Global Menu by default.
The defaults web browser is now Rekonq, a KDE browser based on Qt Webkit.
The new KDE bluetooth application collection Bluedevil is now installed by default.
Pulseaudio is the default sound server to match other Ubuntu variants.
KPackageKit updates bring a faster backend and an updated UI with an application based view. It also has new features such as a backup/restore tool for the list of installed packages.
Kubuntu's installer, Ubiquity, now offers install of restricted packages during the OS install. Install starts after partitioning making it a quicker experience.
Qapt-batch now replaces install-package as the update/batch-installer utility
was updated to the current 4.7
release and Qt Webkit to 2.0.
Kubuntu Mobile Tech Preview is a new variant with a workspace suitable for smart phones.
For more information see our release page https://wiki.kubuntu.org/MaverickMeerkat/RC/Kubuntu
was updated to the current 4.6.2 release
. This fixes many of the bugs and updates the programs used in Xubuntu.
New default applications: Parole (Xfce4 Media Player) replaced Totem Movie Player, Xfburn (Xfce4 CD/DVD burning tool) replaced Brassero, and xfce4-taskmanager (Xfce4 process manager) replaced Gnome-Task-Manager.
Edubuntu changes include the changes from Ubuntu. In addition, Edubuntu now includes Gnome Nanny
, which provides parental controls in Edubuntu. It also includes a collection of new wallpapers
and other artwork improvements. An OEM Install mode is also now available.
For those interested in learning more, see the redesigned Edubuntu web site at http://www.edubuntu.org
Ubuntu Studio has had several applications updated and includes the changes from Ubuntu. There is now better integration between Pulse Audio and JACK - starting JACK does not automatically suspend Pulse Audio anymore. JACK and Pulse Audio can 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. In addition, the network connections can now be configured with gnome-network-admin (removed a patch that disabled the network connections configuration).
Help would be appreciated in testing out:
- Integration between Pulse Audio and JACK
- gnome-network-admin network connections configuration
In this release, Mythbuntu has updated to MythTV 0.23.1
. There is also a new backup and restore tool.
There are a couple of known issues to watch out for
- On KMS hardware, the background might not be stable during installation
- No way to currently configure the backend until after installation
The server is now turned on and we request those with the available funds, to purchase our test package called Rick's Wallpapers
. The cost is $1 and all profits will go to the Ubuntu Project itself. Please report any problems you have by running ubuntu-bug software-center from a terminal window.
The software-center got a "Featured" and "Whats New" carousel in the Frontpage. It is faster and more responsive and contains a "History" feature that keeps track of what was installed/removed/upgraded. Plugin support is added and technical items will not be shown by default.
Ubuntu Server Cloud images
cloud-init, the configurable initialization process for Ubuntu Server cloud images, has gained new features in Maverick Alpha 2, including pluggable hooks, ebsmount, ext4 support, and new stanzas in the cloud-config format.
Starting with Alpha3, cloud images instances can now manage their own kernel, and can upgrade kernels with apt. This is done by utilizing pv-grub
provided by Amazon. The functionality is also provided on UEC hosts running Maverick Alpha 3 or later.
Starting with Beta, cloud images can now easily be run outside of an EC2 or UEC instance environment. This will allow you to quickly and easily test function in cloud-init or other features of the image without needing to start a new instance. There is more information available on the Ubuntu wiki
The new btrfs
file system may now be used during installation via manual partitioning, as long as /boot is on some other file system.
Linux kernel 2.6.35
RC includes the 2.6.35-22.33 kernel which is based on the 184.108.40.206 Upstream stable kernel
This kernel includes additional input subsystem patches for improved multitouch capability, improved support for Intel Sandybridge which includes support for 82579 LOM's, Apparmor bug fixes, reverts some KMS disablement patches, and general security updates (CVE-2010-3081