The Ubuntu Software Center is probably one of the most actively developed feature for Maverick. It now has an updated look with features apps and new apps. It has also got plugin supports and some form of social media integration.
Well, it continues its improvement and now it will handle the installation of .deb file, instead of the old Gdebi. Now, when you click on a .deb file, the Ubuntu Software Center will open.
This is a very good move from Canonical and it will streamline the installation of applications in Ubuntu. However, a concern that some people have been raising is that it would make a third-party .deb file seem like it is from the repository. In the current implementation, there is a warning, but perhaps it would be a good idea to make it more visually distinct – say, a different color background, as people are suggesting.
In a related news, the Ubuntu Software Center has got its first paid application. The application is Fluendo DVD Player and they are selling it for $24.95.
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.
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.