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Blessed Unity: Ars reviews Ubuntu 10.10
Written by Daniel   
Monday, 25 October 2010 18:22

From Ars Technica

Ubuntu 10.10, codenamed Maverick Meerkat, emerged from its burrow this month with some important changes. The user interface got a lift from some theming improvements and a new default font. Usability got a nice boost from a wide range of design improvements and feature enhancements in the Software Center and Ubiquity installer. Canonical's effort to clean up the notification area took another step forward with the addition of playback controls in the sound indicator menu. The latest version of GNOME is included, with a handful of minor improvements, and the F-Spot photo manager was replaced with Shotwell.


One of the most significant changes in Ubuntu 10.10 is the introduction of Unity, a totally new netbook environment that has some promising design characteristics. Although Unity is an impressive offering, it has some kinks that need to be worked out before it will be ready for mainstream adoption.

In this review, we will take a close look at 10.10's changes, with a focus on how these changes impact the Ubuntu user experience. Unity's scope and significance for Ubuntu make it an especially important part of this release, so we decided to devote a considerable portion of the review to exploring its features.

The Ubuntu installer, which is called Ubiquity, is built to operate in a Live CD environment. It consists of a configuration wizard and a simple slideshow that describes features of the operating system while the software is being installed. Ubiquity was redesigned for Ubuntu 10.10 with an improved visual style and several noteworthy new features that were introduced to simplify and speed up the installation process.

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