Ubuntu 10.10 Release Candidate has just been released. There aren’t many visual changes since the beta version, because the most of the visual changes happened before the beta, so see this post, but there are a few things better mentioning. So here will be mentioned only what’s new – visually – since the Ubuntu 10.10 beta release!
New installer slideshow
Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat will be released with a completely revamped installer. Already seen
the new features and basic look a while back, but the slideshow has been updated recently so WebUpd8’s Team recorded a video for the whole Ubuntu 10.10 installation process, which you can watch below:
Ubuntu Font Family
The new Ubuntu font is now shipped with Ubuntu (all the flavors) but has not been set as the default font, at least not for now. You can see the new font throughout all the screenshots in this post, but here is also a larger screenshot:
The Ubuntu Font Family has been released as a Libre font, licensed under the Ubuntu Font Licence 1.0:
Canonical are working with SFLC and SIL on a revision of the OFL with the intent of adopting that revision for a future version of the Ubuntu Font Family. This Ubuntu Font Licence serves as an interim licence until that is complete.
Default theme pack (Ambiance and Radiance)
The default theme – Ambiance, as well as it’s lighter version – Radiance, received an update since the beta and while the new version doesn’t bring any major changes, it fixes a lot of issues: you can now resize the windows easily by dragging the bottom left corner, the disabled menu items text readability has been improved and the menus should now be faster (although there’s still a small issue with this yet).
Ubuntu Software Center Now Handles .deb file installation
Ubuntu Software Center reached version 3.0.2 and it has replaced gdebi for installing .deb files. That means that now when you double click a .deb file, it will open the Ubuntu Software Center and you can install it from there. When this happens, a warning message is displayed in the Software Center: “Please install X via your normal software channels. Only install this file if you trust the origin”.
The Sound Menu was further improved and it should now respect your current theme colors:
New default wallpaper
Back when Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat Beta was released it already had a new default wallpaper. But because the users didn’t like it, it was changed with a new wallpaper which you can see in the image above. Besides the new default wallpaper, the Maverick update also brought a bundle of all the community wallpapers as an animated wallpaper.
Ubuntu Extras repository is live
The new Ubuntu Extras repository is now live and should be added by default. This repository was built to hold completely new applications so users don’t have to wait for a new Ubuntu version to install an application which just came out. Please note that this repository will not hold updated versions of the applications already in the Ubuntu repositories! More info about this: New Ubuntu “Extras” Repository Is Now Live
Software Sources disabled from the System menu
Software Sources has been removed from the System > Administration menu. It can still be accessed from the Ubuntu Software Center or Synaptic Package Manager and you can also re-enable it (right click the System menu, select “Edit menus” and then scroll down to Administration and check the box next to “Software Sources”) but it’s not available in the menu by default anymore.
Ubuntu 10.10 Netbook Edition Release Candidate
The Ubuntu 10.10 Netbook Edition Release Candidate (Unity & Co.) doesn’t bring any visual changes at all (compared to Beta) and while ever since Ubuntu 10.10 beta was released it worked just fine, after some updates from a few days ago, UNE started freezing again so it’s not usable at the time I’m writing this. Hopefully everything will be fixed soon.
Can / should I upgrade to Ubuntu 10.10 already?
I’ve been using Ubuntu 10.10 for some time now and for the past few weeks everything has been stable. Also, if when the beta was released I couldn’t enable the desktop effects (I’m using an Nvidia graphics card), now this finally works (it has for some time). Also, the bug which didn’t allow you to installed .deb files has been fixed so that’s out of the way too and most of the crashes I was experiencing when the beta was released, are now gone.
If you’re using an ATI graphics card, WebUpd8 reader Tamás Nagy sent us a tip a few days ago telling us that FGLRX finally works with Ubuntu 10.10
(Xorg 1.9 and 2.6.35/6 kernel) so if you’re using FGLRX you can finally enable the desktop effects and actually boot without getting a blank screen.
About the Ubuntu 10.10 Netbook Edition Release Candidate: the story is the same as it was with the beta version: while it was usable at some point, it’s not anymore and everything crashes and freezes so I advice against installing / upgrading UNE 10.10 for now.
How to upgrade to Ubuntu 10.10
If you’ve installed any of the alphas or the beta version of Ubuntu 10.10 and constantly installed the updates that come through the Update Manager, you are already using the Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat Release Candidate.
If you’re running an older Ubuntu version (10.04, 9.10 and so on), to upgrade to the latest Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat RC, all you have to do is press ALT + F2 and type:
Download Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat RC
- Open teminal or press Alt-F2 and type update-manager --devel-release
- Click the Check button to check for new updates.
- If there are any updates to install, use the Install Updates button to install them, and press Check again after that is complete.
- A message will appear informing you of the availability of the new release.
- Click Upgrade.
- Follow the on-screen instructions.
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