Ubuntu 10.10 has been launched today, October 10 2010 exactly at 10:10 and is ready for general consumption. Download your version using the links below. These are the bittorrent links, so feel free to connect with your favorite bittorrent client. No worry, the more people using these links, the faster the downloads.
If you open Synaptic Package Manager in your Ubuntu installation (via System > Administration > Synaptic Package Manager), and look for “canonical-census”, you may find a new spy or tracking software package. Uploaded very recently to Lucid’s 10.04 repositories, it will be also present in Maverick’s 10.10.
According to the description in Synaptic:
send “I am alive” ping to Canonical
This package installs a daily cron job for surveying how many original OEM installs are running in the world. Note that this does not send any user specific data; it only transmits the operating system version (/var/lib/ubuntu_dist_channel), the machine product name, and a counter how many pings were sent.
The software is for tracking Ubuntu installations by sending an “I am alive” ping to Canonical on a daily basis. If you install the canonical-census package, the program is added to the daily Cron jobs and executed. Using HTTP, it will report each day to Canonical the number of times your system previously contacted Canonical. The counter is stored locally in your computer. Since it runs on a daily basis, it’s implicitly indicating how many days the Ubuntu installation has been active. It also transmits the Ubuntu distributor channel, the product name read from the system’s DMI information, and the Ubuntu version installed.
Two days ago, Martin Pitt -stable release updates manager in Ubuntu- announced the release of the third alpha version of Ubuntu 10.10, internally known as “Maverick Meerkat”. Maverick Meerkat alpha 3 will become Ubuntu 10.10 in October 10.
Let’s go through new features in this alpha 3 release. From the visual point of view, there aren’t too many changes since alpha 2. The most important interface changes were introduced to Unity. Most of the development focused on Ubuntu Netbook Edition.
Ubuntu Desktop got some improvements to the Sound Indicator, Ubuntu Software Center and that’s about it while Unity in Ubuntu Netbook Edition got some major changes, there is also a new Indicator DateTime. An important decision is that Ubuntu 10.10 will ship with Firefox 3.6 and Ubuntu Netbook Edition won’t have Chromium by default after all (it will also ship Firefox 3.6). Also, Ubuntu 10.10 will have a new font that is already available for testing (you will need a Launchpad account).
One of the most innovative part of this alpha released is OneConf. You should know that the first version of OneConf has been released. It is available in the default software repositories. OneConf can be installed as usual via the Synaptic Package Manager. It allows you to synchronize the applications installed on your Ubuntu desktops, laptops or netbook machines, via the Ubuntu One service. After the installation, OneConf can be found in the File menu of the Ubuntu Software Center application and it is entitled “Inventory on Ubuntu One“.