The next versions of Ubuntu Linux for desktops and Netbooks launched on Sunday with new cloud features, an updated interface, and better links with other operating systems, Canonical has announced.
The software, known as Maverick Meerkat, will both be versions 10.10 of the Linux distribution.
They will be available for free download from October 10, sidestepping the usual Thursday release window to tie the launch in with the 10/10/10 date stamp.
Ubuntu 10.10 Desktop Edition and Ubuntu 10.10 Netbook Edition focus on integrating mobile access to other devices via Ubuntu’s personal cloud service. They also introduce “significant performance enhancements,” such as multitouch support, and minor updates, such as upgrading the desktop environment to Gnome 2.31 from 2.30, according to Canonical. The company had hoped to upgrade to Gnome 3.x in time for 10.10, but now aims to include it in the next release, Ubuntu 11.04, or Natty Narwhal.