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Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat

With the latest installment of Ubuntu exactly a month away, I’ve decided to talk about some of the new changes in Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat, how one would upgrade to Ubuntu 10.10 Beta if you so choose, and a technique that can be used to downgrade back to 10.04.

New Features

As always Canonical has done a great job of including new features, as well as a new default theme and wallpaper. The new wallpaper that is included with the Beta is very unique. I will let you all come up with your own opinions.

I don’t particularly like it, and will probably stick to the wallpaper that I have been using for the last couple years(If you are interested, I have included it on the bottom).

Some of the main things that have been updated in Ubuntu 10.10 are:

  • Gnome 2.31 – Ubuntu 10.10 does not include Gnome 3.0 however I’m sure that Ubuntu will include it when they are ready
  • Evolution 2.30 – Suppose to run faster than other version on Ubuntu 10.04
  • F-Spot has been replaced with Shotwell as the default photo manager
  • Gwibber has been updated to improve performance
  • Sound Indicator – I am very happy about the update they need on the sound indicator – They have included a music playback options with in the applet. Now all you have to do is click the speaker in order to start/stop and change your music.
  • Ubuntu Software Centre has been updated to include many new features, one major one is the history option. You now have an option to view your installation history. This might come in handy when testing new programs.
  • Meerkat also comes with the newest Linux kernel

For all you Netbook users out there, you will be happy to know that Ubuntu has updated a new interface for there Netbook Edition of Ubuntu. I purchased my first netbook a few mouths ago, and was excited to test out Ubuntu Netbook Remix. Ubuntu has been my distribution of choice for a very long time, mainly because everything they do is great and always impresses me. This was not the case for the Netbook Remix, I did not enjoy the look of the desktop at all and quickly switch back to the default Gnome desktop. Ubuntu has created a new Unity interface which I can’t wait to test out.

Ubuntu Netbook Remix 10.04

Ubuntu Netbook Edition 10.10

Install Ubuntu 10.10 Beta

Now for the reason why most of you are here, to upgrade to 10.10 Beta.

  1. Open up ‘Run Application’ by holding Alt+F2
  2. Type ‘update-manager -d’ and press ‘Run’
  3. You will now see the Update Manager. Click on the Upgrade button beside ‘New ubuntu release ‘10.10’ is available’
  4. Follow all the onscreen instructions to finish

If you do not see the ‘Upgrade’ button you might have to tell your computer to allow ‘Normal’ upgrades and not just LTS(Long Term Support).

edit ‘/etc/update-manager/release-upgrades’

change Prompt to Prompt=normal.

Downgrade to Ubuntu 10.04

If you have decided to upgrade to the beta, and for one reason or another you want to go back to the way things use to be, stable, reliable, etc. I have found this post giving some suggestions on how you might go about doing a downgrade. I’m not sure if this works, nor am I responsible for any damage this does to your system.