There aren’t too many changes since alpha 2 – at least visually. Most of the development – just like it was with alpha 2 – focused on Ubuntu Netbook Edition. Ubuntu Desktop got some improvements to the Sound Indicator, Ubuntu Software Center and that’s about it while Unity in Ubuntu Netbook Edition got some major changes, there’s a new Indicator DateTime and so on.
Moreover, the “What’s New” and “Featured” sections of the Ubuntu Software Center, introduced in the Alpha 2 release, were improved. Also introduced in the second Alpha version, there’s a History plugin that will keep an evidence of what packages you have installed, removed or updated…
|Ubuntu Software Center 2.1.7 in Ubuntu 10.10 Alpha 3|
GNOME 2.31.6 is now the default desktop environment, and most of its components were updated to the latest development version. Mozilla Firefox was updated to version 3.6.8 and the Transmission BitTorrent client to version 2.03.
The kernel packages were updated to version 2.6.35-14.19, based on the final release of Linux kernel 2.6.35.
Last but not least, the highly anticipated Btrfs filesystem can now be safely used on new installations, via manual partitioning. Remember that you MUST create an EXT3 or EXT4 /boot partition first.
Shotwell is now the default photo management application in Ubuntu Netbook Edition.
On October 10th, 2010, Ubuntu 10.10 (Maverick Meerkat) will become the thirteenth release of the Ubuntu operating system. See you again in exactly one month (September 2nd), for the first Beta version of the upcoming Ubuntu 10.10 (Maverick Meerkat) operating system.