Shuttleworth: Maverick Meerkat 10.10 release will be lean, mean, social

Shuttleworth: Maverick Meerkat 10.10 release will be lean, mean, social

Summary: Mark Shuttleworth says the next generation of Ubuntu -- dubbed Maverick Meerkat -- will be lean, mean and social.In his blog posted Friday, the Ubuntu Linux founder said he is shooting for a "Perfect 10" with the 10.

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Mark Shuttleworth says the next generation of Ubuntu -- dubbed Maverick Meerkat -- will be lean, mean and social.

In his blog posted Friday, the Ubuntu Linux founder said he is shooting for a "Perfect 10" with the 10.10 release, which will follow the 10.04 "Lucid Lynx" Long Term Support release now in beta.

"Once we have released the LTS we have plenty of room to shake things up a little .... Meerkats are, of course, light, fast and social – everything we want in a Perfect 10. We’re booting really fast these days, but the final push remains. Changes in the toolchain may make us even faster for every application," Shuttleworth penned in his blog.

"Our new theme is light and the next cycle will embrace that at many levels. We have a continued interest in netbooks, and we’ll revamp the Ubuntu Netbook Edition user interface. As computers become lighter they become more mobile, and we’ll work to keep people connected, all day, everywhere. We’ll embrace the web, aiming for the lightest, fastest web experience on any platform. The fastest boot, the fastest network connect, the fastest browser. Our goal is to ensure that UNE is far and away the best desktop OS for a netbook, both for consumers and power users," he wrote.

Social networking will be a major emphasis, and Ubuntu's Social from the Start effort will drive that development, he noted.

"It’s not all about work. We don’t just want to be connected to the internet, we want to be connected to each other. Social from the Start is our initiative to make the desktop a collaborative, social place. For the past five years, we’ve all been shifting more and more data into the web, to a series of accounts and networks elsewhere. Now it’s time to start to bring those social networks back into our everyday computing environment. Our addressbooks and contact lists need to be synchronized and shared, so that we have the latest information everywhere – from mobile phones to web accounts."

"We’re Social from the Start, but we could get even more tightly connected, and we could bring social features into even more applications," wrote Shuttleworth, who ceded the reigns as CEO to former Canonical COO Jane Silber last month so that he could focus on software development.

"Meerkats are family-oriented, and we aspire to having Ubuntu being the safe and efficient solution for all the family netbooks. They are also clever – meerkats teach one another new skills."

Topics: Hardware, Browser, Mobility, Networking, Open Source

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  • Nice write-up Paula.

    nt
    Dietrich T. Schmitz, Linux Advocate
    • Ubuntu

      When is the non-beta version of 10.4 supposed to be out?
      thanks
      Tony T3
      • April 29

        It will be fully supported by Canonical until the end of April 2013.

        Also, you can install the beta2 (to be released next Thursday) or the release candidate (on April 22) and from there issue a <code>"sudo apt-get upgrade"</code> to keep your install in sync with the latest version. Ubuntu makes keeping pace with development real easy.
        Great Kahuna
        • Thank you oh great one

          I have 9.10 installed now; the last few times I've looked at the main page
          I have not seen the release date for the full final release and I'm just
          waiting for it. Thanks for the numbers. my main work is on a Mac but I
          like Ubuntu as an enticing hobby. If Mac OS X were not so easy to use I'd
          happily switch over.
          cheers, thanks
          tony
          Tony T3
      • RE: Shuttleworth: Maverick Meerkat 10.10 release will be lean, mean, social

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        gorians
  • RE: Shuttleworth: Maverick Meerkat 10.10 release will be lean, mean, social

    And that's what they said about the last version, and the version before that, and the version before that. Having goofy names for a distribution isn't going to make it any better. They need to work on security and compatibility, then take a long hard serious look at the UI. Going from poop smeared brown to Barney purple dinosaur isn't an improvement.
    Loverock Davidson
    • Beware of Linux, it has the power to destroy friendships.

      I had this childhood friend, a decent nice guy who also happened to love his porn more than the average guy, a lot more. He was subscribed to over a dozen of the very best porn sites, ranging from straight to the most kinky extreme stuff you can imagine. He had it all.

      Well, sometime ago I managed to convince him to switch to Linux. Based on my insistent advice he finally gave up all resistance and took the plunge.

      It ended up <b>awfully wrong</b>! More than half of the porn sites he was subscribed to required special custom codecs that are only available in windows. In an effort to save my reputation before him I desperately tried to find Linux equivalents to the missing codecs, to no avail. To save our long-time friendship I even started to reverse engineer the windows codecs in order to port them to Linux and make him happy again.

      But he couldn't wait. The guy gave me no time to complete the port and overnight he became my very worst enemy.

      So this is how my friendship with Loverock Davidson ended (not his real name, just what he likes to be called.) Now Loverock Davidson is a fervent hater of Linux and it's all my fault.

      So beware, Linux is very dangerous, steer clear of it!
      Great Kahuna
      • yep....

        ... turns people into boorish swine!
        g-ssg-22738810691057158710505623722271
        • Sad to know it did that to you.

          Over 99.9999% of people who try Linux report no ill effects from it.

          I think you should move back to windows then.
          Great Kahuna
          • I think you should..

            go find another bicycle seat to sniff!

            And try acting like an adult.
            g-ssg-22738810691057158710505623722271
          • Way to

            set the example.
            Viva la crank dodo
          • and why my post...

            Go up and down the comments and you choose this one to post on! ... amazing!!!
            g-ssg-22738810691057158710505623722271
          • Why

            do you ask?

            Why did you choose to reply to Kahuna's response to LD, insulting people that choose to use Linux?
            Viva la crank dodo
          • Could it be that...

            ...he was just passing a lot of g-ssg?

            :p

            lol... :D
            still not nice
      • Perhaps friends like that

        can be subject to re-evaluation?

        [i]~~~~~~~~~~~~
        Never contract friendship with a man that is not better than thyself.
        ~Confucius

        It's better to hang out with people better than you. Pick out associates whose behavior is better than yours and you'll drift in that direction.
        ~ Warren Buffett [i]
        WinTard
        • Good advice, but........

          "It's better to hang out with people better than you. Pick out associates whose behavior is better than yours and you'll drift in that direction.
          ~ Warren Buffett"
          If everyone followed Warren's advice, no one would hang out with anyone.
          coachgeorge
          • If you interpret it as better OVERALL. But that's not how it's meant.

            [b] [/b]
            AzuMao
      • you sonomabeach! - nt

        nt
        tripolitan
    • I hate to say it

      but your posts are containing less and less insight and substance. I did not think it was possible.

      I guess Windows never claims their next OS is going to be better than the last? If they do, does that equate to an admission that their previous one was not an improvement over their prior versions?

      And we know that MS has had security perfected with no needs for improvement with Windows 98 so they have not had to focus on this at all, right? What about the MS supporters that have indicated that part of the security problems is due to trying to be backwards compatible. You have even praised MS for eliminating compatibility as well as not being cross compatible with alternative systems, so why is it not acceptable for non-MS OS?

      The only specific criticism you can give is the color scheme? Wow, at least you are picking on something that is a modern, rather than your usual attacks on long fixed issues. Still, it shows just how little you have to legitimately attack.
      Viva la crank dodo
      • It's the lack of plugins and the damn lame installer..

        I've set up and used Ubuntu, Fedora, Debian, OpenSuse, Mint, Mandriva and PCLinuxOS.. all seem really cool on the surface BUT.. when it comes down to it, they are all a pain in the ass. Even Mint and Mandriva which are supposed to come loaded with every plugin imaginable don't have many of the everyday plugins necessary for surf the web. Not a big deal. I prefer to have a lean OS. After all, this is what attracted me to Linux in the first place. What is the absolute deal breaker for me is the installers. Or should I say lack of a cohesive installer from distro to distro... If developers got together and just made a simple gui installer which would run on any distro I would be a convert in a heartbeat. I can run windows within a number of emulators and even run windows apps natively, but trying to get shit installed is just a pain in the ass and I don't have the kind of time necessary to make the system work like my Mac or PC.

        My 2 cents. But alas, give me a faster version of Ubuntu and I'll try it again..
        wasabitobiko