Upgrading your Ubuntu 10.04 LTS Install to Ubuntu 10.10

Ubuntu 10.10 was released earlier today, and if you’re wondering how to upgrade your existing Ubuntu 10.04 install, here are couple of easy ways to do so.

  • Update manager

Ubuntu’s Update Manager should prompt you that a new distribution upgrade is available. If not, jus check if Ubuntu is configured to look for Long Term Support (LTS) releases only. To do this, Click on System -> Admininstration -> Update Manager. Next, click on Settings and change the “Show distribution releases” from “Long Term Support Releases only” to “Normal Releases”

Hit close, and start Update Manager again, click on check and it should prompt you to update to the newer version.

  • Via the command line

If you’re a command line junkie, the best way to upgrade is to open the Terminal and type in

sudo do-release-upgrade

The automated script will ask you few questions and upgrade your existing install to Ubuntu 10.10. Enjoy the new release!

Ubuntu Shipit is Open for 10.10 Maverick Meerkat

Ubuntu lovers are eagerly waiting for the next release of 10.10 Maverick Meerkat and to make things even better, Shipit, which provides free delivery of CDs for Ubuntu releases, is open for pre-orders.

Shipit has loyally provided free Ubuntu CDs for a long time to all parts of the world. This includes both server and desktop edition CDs. The service however, is for people with low Internet speed who do not have the  privilege  of downloading the builds. Once again, Shipit is taking orders and you can make them at  this page.

However, you are requested not to abuse the system. The amount of orders received on Shipit and the total cost of shipping is considerable. So, choose wisely whether you really need to order a CD. Alternatively, you can keep an eye on this page for  download of the latest official release. The currently available version is a RC release.

The response for this ordering has been overwhelming and Shipit is already out of stock. Shipit also has a paid service that allows us to order paid shipping for CDs. This helps Shipit cover free shipping costs.

Shipit has been a strategic unit of the Ubuntu development process as no product is complete until it reaches the end-user. Shipit has crossed all limits to reach people and this has developed a strong ecosystem around Ubuntu. Even now, if I go out and ask my friends to name a Linux distro, Ubuntu is the first name they come up with.

Download Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat Release Candidate

Canonical is geared up for the release of its next Ubuntu release, the Maverick Meerkat 10.10. With this new Ubuntu, we will see the final development release of the 10.10 Maverick Meerkat. The final release date for the Maverick is 10th of October, which is 10 days from now. As always, other Ubuntu forks too are eagerly waiting for the final release to finalize their own versions.
The next version of Ubuntu is coming soon

As Techradar puts it,

Ubuntu is one of the most polished Linux distributions available, fusing the work of a global community of contributors who provide a diverse range of skills to make Ubuntu what it is.

This page can give an insight on how Ubuntu is developed and what goes on behind the scene. The release schedule of 6 months is a stiff constraint and Ubuntu has worked well to maintain it beyond all doubt. The Ubuntu Developer Summit plays a key role in this process where Ubuntu developers interact with the community members directly.

With the final stable release only a few days away, we can safely try out the release candidate as it marks a final development release. So, most of the features should be complete. Download Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat RC on this page.

Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat Alpha 1 Released

Canonical has released the first of four Alphas of Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat. As it has been released just after weeks after the Lucid release, it is not very much different from Lucid from the outside. The only notable change may be the History Tab in the Software Center.

As this is an Alpha, it is considered not safe for use in production machines. Anyway if you want to try it out you can download it from http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/releases/10.10/alpha-1/ and install it.

In case you decided to test it out, do let us know how it feels.

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Ubuntu 10.10 "Maverick Meerkat" Code Freeze In Place, Alpha 1 Coming Thursday

Barely a few weeks after Canonical released Ubuntu 10.04 aka Lucid Lynx, they already announced plans for Ubuntu 10.10 aka Maverick Meerkat, with a release schedule aimed to launch Meerkat in October 2010.

With the increased frenzy around the new build, there is some good news now that the initial codebase for Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat has been frozen, which means that no more major changes will go into the latest build and Alpha 1 of Meerkat will see the light of day as scheduled on Thursday, June 3, 2010.

The freeze for Maverick Alpha 1 happened ahead of schedule and was announced in the Ubuntu developers newsletter. The announcement states:

Hello fellow Ubuntu developers,

the Meerkat wants to stick its head out to the world the first time!  We
haven’t really started landing new features from ourselves yet, but the first
milestone is important for testing the new kernel on a variety of hardware, as
well as the result of the autosyncs from Debian and first wave of merges and
package updates.

Between tomorrow and Thursday, the developers will iron out the bugs in the existing codebase and prepare the build for the first milestone in the schedule. So, rest assured you will be able to say hello to Maverick Meerkat soon enough.

Are you excited about Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat? Will you be trying out the Alpha?

Global Menu Comes To KDE SC

In the Ubuntu Developers Summit, Aurelien Gateau presented a project that he has been working on for the next Kubuntu release i.e. Kubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat. He introduced a Global Menu for KDE SC following the announcement of Global Menu for GNOME that Mark Shuttleworth made earlier. However, the feature is being developed for KDE SC 3.x and has not been ported to KDE SC 4.x yet.

The Global Menu implementation uses D-Bus, which means that GTK+ applications running in KDE will also have its menu bar in the Global Menu. As Shuttleworth pointed out when he introduced the Global Menu earlier, this is mainly aimed at  Netbook users to maximize the vertical pixel usage at the expense of horizontal space.

Here is a video to demonstrate the Global Menu:

[via agateau.wordpress.com]

Ubuntu 10.10 Codename Announced

Mark Shuttleworth has announced the codename of the Ubuntu release after Lucid Lynx today. In a post in his blog, Shuttleworth announced that Ubuntu 10.10 will be called “Maverick Meerkat“.

This is what Shuttleworth wrote regarding the reason for choosing Meerkat:

Meerkats are, of course, light, fast and social everything we want in a Perfect 10. Meerkats are family-oriented, and we aspire to having Ubuntu being the safe and efficient solution for all the family netbooks. They are also clever meerkats teach one another new skills. And that’s what makes this such a great community.

According to the blog post, Ubuntu 10.10 is going to continue with the push for faster boot time and is also going to focus on the social networking features they are introding in Lucid Lynx. Shuttleworth also mentioned that Ubuntu 10.10 is going to be more netbook friendly.

If you do not know what a meerkat is, here is a description from Wikipedia:

The meerkat or suricate Suricata suricatta, a small mammal, is a member of the mongoose family. Meerkats live in all parts of the Kalahari Desert in Botswana and in South Africa. A group of meerkats is called a “mob”, “gang” or “clan”. A meerkat clan often contains about 20 meerkats, but some superfamilies have 50 or more members. Meerkats have an average life span of 12-14 years.