Ubuntu 10.10, the latest release of the most popular consumer-oriented Linux distribution, was released today on 10/10/10. The new “Maverick Meerkat” version of Ubuntu is the prettiest and user friendliest version of the operating system to date, and it finally feels ready to go head-to-head against such OS heavyweights as Windows 7 and Mac OS X.
The new version has all the features of previous releases, and a number of new ones, such as a new system font, the easy-to-use Software Center (it’s like a mobile app store, but for your computer), Ubuntu music store, and new Ubuntu One syncing service.
Ubuntu One is free, and comes with 2GB of online storage for file and bookmark syncing and more. For users of Android and iOS-powered devices, there’s also a mobile app which, for $3.99 a month, will stream any and all of your DRM-free music straight to your phone. It includes a free 30-day trial.
The new release also includes the new Unity desktop, designed especially for the small screens of netbook and small notebook computers.
If you want to try Ubuntu, new installers allow users to install right next to Windows from the Windows desktop. Get tired of it? Uninstalling is as easy as clicking a button like any other program. There’s also no cost – as always, Ubuntu is completely free.
Ubuntu can run on any X86-based computer (and, thanks to the community, some that aren’t) – whether it runs Windows, OS X or another kind of Linux.