New Default Applications For Ubuntu Netbook Edition 10.10

In the UDS-M, it has been decided that there will most likely be some changes in the applications that are installed by default with Ubuntu Netbook Edition 10.10.

Here are the new applications that are being considered for UNE 10.10:


It has been decided to have Chromium as the default web browser rather than Firefox. One of the main reasons for choosing Chromium is its speed. However, there are still some concern regarding Chromium’s non-native look and how it ¬†will work with Global Menu. As of now the decision to include Chromium is only till Alpha 3, after which they will take the final decision regarding its inclusion.


F-Spot, currently the default photo management application in UNE, will most likely be Shotwell in UNE 10.10 Maverick Meerkat.

Megoo Media Player/Banshee

A lot of discussion has been going on regarding the media player for UNE 10.10. The focus is on having a Unified Media Player – one which can play both video and audio. Various applications have been looked at. However, Banshee seems to be the front runner as it already has Ubuntu One Music Store Integration and there is no disk space issue as UNE already comes with Mono.

Evolution Express

There were also discussions about the default email client. Instead of opting for a new application, it has been decided to have a version of Evolution optimized for netbook by default. Such a version of Evolution, called Evolution Express, already exist.


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  • Indian Art

    They should have a file sharing program like Limewire.

    Yes, I know Limewire is in a bit of a spot for now with the legal hassles, but I feel they should come through.

  • Abhishek S.

    @Indian Art – When you already have 'Transmission Client' why do you need Limewire? So that you can search for 'stuff' from the software itself rather than spend time searching for an appropriate torrent?