Monday, October 11, 2010

Meerkat Monday

Meerkat Monday

It's a big Linux Monday this week as the new Ubuntu 10.10, Maverick Meerkat, was released over the weekend. I've upgraded but only checked it out yet myself; Ubuntu's release cycle has an unfortunate coincidence iwth the election cycle.

There's also the question of whether to upgrade at all. Version 10.04, Lucid Lynx, was a once every two years long term support release. Consensus seems to be: wait a bit, then go ahead.

In any case early reviews are good. Steven Vaughan-Nichols says 10.10. "scores close to a ten." Here's a Top 12 list of reasons to try Ubuntu 10.10 and a screenshot tour of new features.

As always, there's a little work to do after a new install, and here's a list for that.

With Windows XP aging into end of life, yet still the dominant OS, there's an ever-growing group of refugees who don't want to get new equipment but can't upgrade to Windows 7. Ubuntu's looking to those orphans for expansion (here's another article on that line).

In non-Linux news, a look at why American broadband is so bad. And from Cracked, of all places, 7 Reasons Computer Glitches Won't Go Away (Ever).

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