Ubuntu Development Team has just released the latest stable version, Ubuntu 10.10, codenamed “Maverick Meerkat”. I have downloaded it yesterday few days ago, and now, I’m going to I have it installed on my box, Acer Aspire 4530 😀
From the ubuntu homepage, it said this release comes with a lot of changes. New installer’s interface, new amazing fonts, and others. Yeah, I think in every release, it will be better than before.
FYI, my box is Acer 4530 with this specification :
Processor : AMD Turion X2 RM-70
RAM : 2GB (1.7GB, coz eaten by VGA)
VGA : NVidia Geforce 9100M G – 512MB
Wireless : Atheros Communications Inc. AR5001
Just like my review before, I’ll divide it into 4 categories, and final conclusion. Nah, lets begin the review 😀
- Boot Splash & Boot Time
Boot splash in Ubuntu 10.10 still the same as Ubuntu 10.04. With ‘widower’ color –purple as its main color. Yah, personally, I like this color :D. About the boot time, fast. But I don’t think so, if I install a lot of programs in it, hahahaha lol. Here some Screenshots. I took them from the review before, hehehe (since it still the same as Ubuntu 10.04)
- Desktop Interface
Still using Ambiance as the default theme. I don’t like this theme so much. Too dark, and its bottom corners isn’t rounded. ekkwkkwk. Besides, the position of the Window Button still placed on the top-left of the window. Makes me sick, hahahaha. Here is the default view (before) :
And this is the new one (after customizing it a little)
Yeah, not too much new changes in the Desktop Interface that comes within this release. Oh, you will figured out that Maverick uses new font family, named “Ubuntu-font-family” or “Ubuntu”.
Built in softwares that included in this release, I think still the same as previous release. Firefox, Evolution, Empathy, Pitivi. Hhh.. Those are softwares that I never use in Ubuntu. (except Firefox). I don’t know why the developer not including GIMP but adding such a program like Pitivi Video Editor. Oh my…
Oh ya, there’s a change in Sound Applet. Now, it works together with Rhytmbox. See the screenshot below :
The other new software is Shotwell Photo Manager. This is the replacement for F-Spot Photo Manager. Hmm.. I never used both of them before, but I just tried the Shotwell, and I think its a good software. Here is the Screenshot.
Ubuntu Software Center (USC) still available, and become the default program for any .deb file. Yeah, if you double-click .deb file, it will be opened using USC. Replacing gdebi installer which is the default program in the previous releases. 😀
I just noticed, this program is easier to use for them who new in Linux. Yeah, it simplifies the procedure of installing new software that available from repository.
All of hardware work perfectly by default in this release, except the VGA. We need to enable NVidia proprietary driver that available via Ubuntu Repository. It well tested by Ubuntu Developer, so we don’t need to worry. You can enable it from System > Administration > Additional Drivers. For me, I decided to install the driver from Official NVidia Homepage, not from the Ubuntu Repository.
FYI, my CDMA Modem, Haier CE100 detected as CD-ROM by default. We need to eject it to make it recognized as modem. Don’t worry, hahahaha 😀
So far, so good. I think you should try this one, and feel the differents by yourself :D. You could install others softwares from the repository. Hardware detection, I think improved a lot 😀 that really helpful.
I hope this review would help you guys 😀
All images in this article belong to me, original from my desktop. Feel free if you want to use it in your article. 😀
Happy sunday !