That's right ladies and gentlemen, Ubuntu 10.10 is officially out and officially hot. With plenty of features to make everything ooh and ahh as well as stability built upon the 10.04 release, which is one of the most stable, usable distributions to date.
But why should you download it now and install it? What does 10.10 offer that you need? Why not just stick with the perfectly find 10.04 and wait until the next major release? Let's take a look and find out.
First and foremost
You probably want a link. That's simple. Go to the Ubuntu Download page and begin the download of the live CD. Of course, if you want the KDE version of 10.1o, head over to the Kubuntu Download page. You can even get the XFCE spin of Ubuntu from the Xubuntu Download page. So no matter your flavor, you can get it. Once you have downloaded that ISO file you will want to burn it onto a cd. This is very simple in both Linux and Windows. Just make sure you burn this ISO as an IMAGE and NOT a data file. An ISO burned to a data file will not be installable.
After you burn your ISO you can put that into your CD drive, boot from it, and either just run it or install it.
There is very little to say about the installation as it has become so easy. You will notice something new to the 10.10 install routine. You can choose to automatically download updates during the installation. This will cause the installation to take significantly longer, but in the end you will wind up with an up to date system the second you log in.
What's new and improved
There are plenty of notable features for 10.10. One of the most notable is the ability to actually purchase commercial software from the Ubuntu Software Center. Although this feature is integrated and ready to go, you might not find any commercial software ready to purchased yet. But these titles will be coming. I predict that, at first, the software center will be populated by software titles similar to what you can buy for mobile devices. This will mean small games, social apps, and the like. This, of course, will be a nice feature and will give Ubuntu a much-needed head start when other OS start following suit. These small apps will probably have a price-point similar to that of the mobile apps.
Eventually, I would imaging, more business-oriented applications will start showing up as well. Also, you can probably expect various types of multi-media codecs to pop up as well. The Fluendo media playback codecs can already be purchased!
Of course you can expect tools like CrossOver Office and Cedega to appear. This will be a real boon for the companies that produce these titles. When new Linux users see Cedega and the ability to easily run Windows games, they will be quick to purchase.
For those fortunate enough to have the hardware, Ubuntu 10.10 will have the ability to support multi-touch thanks to uTouch. Here is Mark Shuttleworth's blog on uTouch. As of the release, uTouch should work, out of the box, on Dell XT2, HP tx2 tablets and the Lenovo T410s laptop. Of course Canonical has released the full gesture stack to the open source community.
Download and install Ubuntu 10.10 and then report back here your impressions. If I were of the betting type, I would wager you will be impressed.
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