Ubuntu 10.10 is here (on 10/10/10)

MacBook, coffee mug, and cactus

The “year we make contact” meets the “year of the Linux desktop” for the second time this year as far as Ubuntu’s concerned. Today sees the release of Ubuntu Linux 10.10, “Maverick Meerkat.”

If you’re interested in downloading Canonical’s latest-and-greatest (and avoid seeing me come up with more tortured “2010: The Year We Make Contact” puns), you may get the CD from Ubuntu’s website.

Given how popular Ubuntu is (and the slowdowns that can happen in downloading it directly from Ubuntu), I usually use BitTorrent to download Ubuntu releases. Torrent files are available for the 32-bit versions and 64-bit desktop versions:

http://releases.ubuntu.com/maverick/ubuntu-10.10-desktop-i386.iso.torrent (32-bit desktop version)

http://releases.ubuntu.com/maverick/ubuntu-10.10-desktop-amd64.iso.torrent (64-bit desktop version)

If you’re already running Ubuntu 10.04 LTS (or earlier), you should be allowed to upgrade via the Update Manager. While I usually perform a clean install (to avoid possible problems, as well as wanting to always have a copy of the CD on hand), instructions on how to upgrade are here:

http://www.ubuntu.com/desktop/get-ubuntu/upgrade

There’s also a wiki displaying release notes and concerns/problems with 10.10, though I assume there’ll be a more neatly edited, formal release notes page from Ubuntu soon (as of this writing, the release notes are still for the 10.10 beta versions):

https://wiki.ubuntu.com/MaverickMeerkat/ReleaseNotes

I’ll have more to write about 10.10 in the future, as soon as I give it a go…

(Updated 6/16/16)

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