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Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat Beta Released, Complete Review

The beta version of Ubuntu 10.10 'Maverick Meerkat' has been released. The final version will come out on October,10.

You can download the beta from the links below. Please note that though it is fairly stable, it is still not the final version and there will be bugs.

What's New in Beta:

New Ambiance and Radiance Themes:

Complete theme review here

New Humanity Icon Set:

New Maverick Meerkat Community Wallpapers:

Take a look at  the slideshow from here

New Installer for Maverick:
  • Option to install licensed package like mp3 support from the installer itself.
  • More user friendly interface 
  • Reduced installation time as personalization features like selecting location etc. are now done during the actual installation process.

New Improved Software Center:
  • What's New Category
  • Featured Apps Category
  • New Background
  • Install related application ad-dons (more here)
  • Dummy application for purchase

New Sound Indicator:

Unity, The Maverick Meerkat Netbook Interface:
  • New Home Screen
  • Unity Application Launcher (application dock with icons and applets)
  • Applications, Files, Trash and Removable Media applets on the launcher
  • Maximized window buttons now lie on the panel

New Improved Evolution Mail Client:
  • Small toolbar icons
  • Cleaner Interface
  • Speed and performance optimizations
  • Many bug fixes

Other Changes:
  • Ubuntu 10.10 comes with multi-touch support
  • Shotwell replaces F-Spot as the default photo manager
  • Banshee to replace Rhythmbox in Unity
  • Firefox remains the default browser

Users who want to upgrade from Lucid, run the following command in terminal:

update-manager -d 

The Beta CD images can be downloaded from here (new updated link)


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