Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat Alpha 3 Has Been Released

A few minutes ago, the Ubuntu development team unleashed the third and last Alpha release of the upcoming Ubuntu 10.10 (Maverick Meerkat) operating system, due for release in October 10th, 2010. As usual, we’ve downloaded a copy of it in order to keep you up-to-date with the latest changes in the Ubuntu 10.10 development.

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.

Une ubuntu 10.10

What’s new in Ubuntu 10.10 Alpha 3? Well, you should know that the first version of long-awaited OneConf has been released and it is available in the default software repositories. OneConf can be easily installed via the Synaptic Package Manager and it will allow users to synchronize the applications installed on all of their Ubuntu desktop or laptop/netbook machines, via the Ubuntu One service. After the installation, OneConf can be found in the File menu of the Ubuntu Software Center application and it is entitled “Inventory on Ubuntu One.” Below you can see some screenshots of OneConf in action …

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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…

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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.

The Maverick Meerkat Release Schedule:

June 3rd, 2010 – Alpha 1 release;

July 1st, 2010 – Alpha 2 release;

August 5th, 2010 – Alpha 3 release;

September 2nd, 2010 – Beta release;

September 30th, 2010 – Release Candidate;

October 10th, 2010 – Final release of Ubuntu 10.10.

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Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat Alpha 2 Released

Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat Alpha 2 Released

There are no changes to the Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat artwork: no new Light Themes version, wallpaper, no new icons or anything like that – those usually come very late in the development cycle. But there are still some changes since Alpha 1 in Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat and Ubuntu Netbook Edition 10.10 worth mentioning. Read on!

So what’s new in Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat Alpha 2?

Ubuntu Software Center

One of the most important changes in Ubuntu 10.10 Alpha 2 is a revamped design for the Ubuntu Software Center. Here is how the main USC pane now looks:

ubuntu 10.10 maverick meerkat screenshots

As you can see in the above screenshot, the “Featured” category is now at the bottom and the applications are scrolled automatically. There’s also a “What’s new” category – empty for now -, which will hold the new applications which will be added to theextras.ubuntu.com (a new repository which should be created soon).

The categories which include subcategories no longer have two panes:

ubuntu software center category ubuntu 10.10 maverick meerkat screenshotsUbuntu Software Center also got microblogging sharing for applications:

ubuntu 10.10 maverick meerkat screenshots

The History tab which Ubuntu Software Center got in Maverick Alpha 1 now also displays upgrades, not just installed applications:

ubuntu 10.10 maverick meerkat screenshots

And finally, Ubuntu Software Center also got Launchpad Login integration which was initially enabled by default and later on has been removed and can only be accessed by running “software-center –enable-lp“:

ubuntu 10.10 maverick meerkat screenshots

This feature does not work for now and is most probably for the applications review system as well as for the new software store which should arrive later in the Maverick development cycle.

The Sound Indicator

The sound indicator applet has finally started to take shape and it now looks like this:

ubuntu 10.10 maverick meerkat screenshotsIt’s not finished, but it’s getting closer to how it’s supposed to look:

ubuntu 10.10 maverick meerkat sound indicator mockup

Aptitude removed from Desktop

aptitude removed ubuntu 10.10 maverick meerkat

Aptitude has been removed from Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat (Desktop only!) but you can install it via the official repositories. There’s been a great debate over this and it seems the main reason is the space Aptitude requires (it comes with a lot of dependencies) and also that it serves the same purpose as apt-get.

BTRFS testing

No screenshots here but this is definetly worth mentioning: BTRFS support has been added to the installed (using the alternate CD). In case you don’t know, BTRFS is a new filesystem which supports compression, snapshots and subvolumes (so you can install multiple operating systems on the same partition) among others.

You can’t boot from a BTRFS filesystem in Ubuntu 10.10 for now so you’ll need to create a separate /boot partition, but this should be solved soon.

EXT4 is still the default filesystem in Ubuntu 10.10 so far and it will probably stay this way as it’s still experimental.

Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat won’t run on processors below 686

As a bug on Launchpad points out, Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat won’t run on processors below 686. But there’s no need to panic! Basically all processors now are 686, even netbooks!

Unclutter

Unclutter has been added to the ubuntu-meta package which means it will be installed by default. It’s an small application which makes the mouse disappear when using the keyboard and the mouse is inactive (I’m not sure but I think it’s 5 seconds by default) which is useful when typing and so on. This solves a 5 year old bug submitted by MPT.

However there are still a lot of issues with Unclutter such as when playing games, Unclutter causes the mouse to jump to the top left of the screen every second or two rendering menus unusable. But it’s just Alpha 2 so it will probably be tweaked.That’s all for Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat Alpha 2. But there are some interesting changes in Ubuntu Netbook Edition 10.10 Maverick Meerkat!

What’s new in Ubuntu Netbook Edition 10.10 Maverick Meerkat

All the development fun seems to have moved to the UNE which got important changes.

Application Menu

application menu ubuntu 10.10 maverick meerkat screenshot

The Application Menu comes by default in Ubuntu Netbook Edition 10.10 – integrated into the panel (which won’t support any kind of customization according to Mark Shuttleworth so you’ll only be able to use the default applets – nothing will happen when you’ll right click the Unity panel)

Alpha 2 but the default applications menu has not been removed since the Application Menu still has lots of bugs and is sometimes unusable.

Unity launcher / file browser

une unity launcher 10.10 maverick meerkat

Ubuntu Netbook Edition also got an update which brings a new launcher / file browser to Unity. The launcher is triggered by the Ubuntu logo in the top left corner which up until now was used for an Expose effect.

The Unity file browser uses Zeitgeist to group the files by the time they were last accessed and by file type:

unity une 10.10 filebrowser zeitgeist

As for the Windicators, there’s no news for now but hopefully we’ll be able to see them in action until Ubuntu 10.10 MM Alpha 3.Up next:

  • Alpha 3: August 5
  • Beta: September 2
  • RC: 30 September
  • Ubuntu 10.10: October 10

Download Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat Alpha 2

UbuntuTools – Common Ubuntu System Operations Made Easy

Ubuntu Tools was initially a script (more or less like our Ubuntu Start) which evolved into an application and can be used to perform a lot of operations which would require lots of clicks or the use of a terminal – all within the same application.

You can use Ubuntu Tools for very basic operations such as upgrade or clean the system:

ubuntu tools

to more advanced onces like editing the GRUB:

ubuntu tools advanced
The application also allows you to install some Nautilus scrips – of which some look really interesting such as a script to add repositories via right click in Nautilus (either by hand or right clicking a file):

The application can do a lot more – you can discover everything by installing it: simply download Ubuntu Tools via Gnome-Look, extract it, then right click on the “Installer”, select “Properties” and on the “Permissions” tab, check the “Allow executing file as program” box. Then double click the “Installer” file and select “Run”.

If you want to uninstall it, simply double click the “Installer” again, select “Run”, when it asks for an upgrade select “No” and the script will then ask you if you want to remove it.
And an advice: the Installer downloads and installs the application via a Dropbox account which is not exactly safe so make sure you check the Installer code and the code of any files it downloads before using it. Always do this before using a script!

Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat Won’t Run On Processors Below i686

If you’re planning on using Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat on a computer with a processor older than i686, well… you can’t.

Ubuntu 10.10 will be dropping support for i386-i586 processors so it can take advantage of the i686 optimizations.

But there seem to be some issues with this: even some new processors which are especially designed for low power consumption are i586. Such a processor is the Geode LX800 – a pretty new processor for which a bug has been filled on Launchpad but which most probably won’t be fixed since Geode LX800 is a i586 processor.

PS: To check whether  your processor is i686 or not type uname -m in the terminal.

Ubuntu 10.10 Alpha 1 Released

Thu, 2010-06-03 16:29 — nhandler

“When he was a young warthog
He found his aroma lacked a certain appeal
He could clear the savannah after every meal

Hakuna! It means no worries
For the rest of your days
It’s our problem-free philosophy”

— Timon the Meerkat, “Hakuna Matata”, “The Lion King”, Disney

Welcome to Maverick Meerkat Alpha 1, which will in time become Ubuntu 10.10.

Pre-releases of Maverick are *not* encouraged for anyone needing a stable system or anyone who is not comfortable running into occasional, even frequent breakage. They are, however, recommended for Ubuntu developers and those who want to help in testing, reporting, and fixing bugs.

Alpha 1 is the first in a series of milestone CD images that will be released throughout the Maverick development cycle. The Alpha images are known to be reasonably free of showstopper CD build or installer bugs, while representing a very recent snapshot of Maverick. You can download it here:

http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/releases/maverick/alpha-1/ (Ubuntu)
http://uec-images.ubuntu.com/releases/maverick/alpha-1/ (Ubuntu Server for UEC and EC2)
http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/kubuntu/releases/maverick/alpha-1/ (Kubuntu)
http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/xubuntu/releases/maverick/alpha-1/ (Xubuntu)
http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/ubuntustudio/releases/maverick/alpha-1/ (Ubuntu Studio)

See http://wiki.ubuntu.com/Mirrors for a list of mirrors.

Alpha 1 includes a number of software updates that are ready for wider testing. Please refer to http://www.ubuntu.com/testing/maverick/alpha1 for information on changes in Ubuntu.

This is quite an early set of images, so you should expect some bugs. For a list of known bugs (that you don’t need to report if you encounter), please see:

http://www.ubuntu.com/testing/maverick/alpha1

If you’re interested in following the changes as we further develop Maverick, have a look at the maverick-changes mailing list:

http://lists.ubuntu.com/mailman/listinfo/maverick-changes

We also suggest that you subscribe to the ubuntu-devel-announce list if you’re interested in following Ubuntu development. This is a low-traffic list (a few posts a week) carrying announcements of approved specifications, policy changes, alpha releases, and other interesting events.

http://lists.ubuntu.com/mailman/listinfo/ubuntu-devel-announce

Bug reports should go to the Ubuntu bug tracker:

https://help.ubuntu.com/community/ReportingBugs

[Discuss Maverick Alpha 1 on the Forum]

Originally sent to the ubuntu-devel-announce Mailing List by Colin Watson on Thu Jun 3 17:03:52 BST 2010

Mark Shuttleworth Introduces Window Indicators

During the controversy about moving the window controls in Ubuntu to the left, Mark Shuttleworth hinted that the newly available space on the right of the window title bar could be put to a new use:

“Moving everything to the left opens up the space on the right nicely, and I would like to experiment in 10.10 with some innovative options there.”

Now it is clear what he was talking about: Shuttleworth has introduced window indicators (“windicators”) on his blog. Window indicators are like the indicator applet on the panel, but live on the right hand side of every window title bar. They would be used to show state for a particular application, and would be interacted with using an API similar to the one used for the indicator applet.

Here are the example window indicators given:

  • online/offline status
  • unsaved changes
  • progress
  • “basket” showing items selected for a purpose
  • sharing status
  • application-specific volume

Shuttleworth also proposes using window indicators and Chrome-inspired temporary status bars to replace traditional status bars. This would save precious vertical screen space on netbook displays. On netbooks, window indicators would also be integrated into the panel like the title bar is in Ubuntu Netbook Edition. Shuttleworth blogged about a global menu bar for netbooks as well.

These changes would be implemented in the next version of Ubuntu, 10.10 “Maverick Meerkat.”

“Windicators are indicators displayed in the window title bar that behave just like the indicators in the panel: they have an icon which shows state, and clicking on the icon brings up a menu” ~ Mark Shuttleworth”

Ubuntu Tweak 0.5.4 has been released with it a few Lucid-friendly features

Ubuntu Tweak 0.5.4 has been released bringing with it a few Lucid-friendly features and tweaks. Login settings One great new feature is the option to choose which background and which logo appears on the login screen. Distribution upgrade = reset sources Ubuntu Tweak now disables all 3rd Party PPA’s and sources upon a distribution upgrade (Karmic > Lucid).

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