The second alpha of Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat is finally here. While there is no visual change from Ubuntu 10.04, there are plenty of changes under the hood.
If you want want to download it, here is the link: Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat Alpha 2
Remember that this is only an alpha release and is meant for testing purposes only.
Whats new in Ubuntu 10.10 Alpha 2? Here is a brief description of the changes.
Support For Btrfs
With the second alpha of Maverick, Ubuntu finally supports Btrfs. Btrfs is a new file system with a lot on interesting features like snapshot, roll-back etc. EXT4 is still the default file-system though.
The Ubuntu Software Center has now got some changes. Featured applications are shown main screen instead of just a link. There is also a place where new applications will be featured.
The Software Center also has Twitter integration so that you can share your favorite applications with the world.
Aptitude has been removed
Ubuntu 10.10 Alpha 2 no longer comes with aptitude installed. The reason stated for the removal is that it does almost the same function as apt-get and most people seem to prefer apt-get. You can still install it from the repository if you want.
New Application and File Menu in UNE
The Unity interface for Ubuntu Netbook Edition 10.10 Alpha 2 now has a new applications and file menu. It is now much more functional than the previous one.