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It's 10:10:10 UCT on 10-10-10 which can only mean one thing - that a new version of the most popular desktop Linux distribution, Ubuntu 10.10, is out and ready for general consumption: "The Ubuntu team is pleased to announce Ubuntu 10.10. Focused on home and mobile computing users, Ubuntu 10.10 introduces an array of online and offline applications to Ubuntu Desktop edition with a particular focus on the personal cloud. Ubuntu Netbook Edition users will experience an all-new desktop interface called 'Unity' -- specifically tuned for smaller screens and computing on the move." Also includes a brand-new Ubuntu font family, a redesigned system installer, the latest GNOME 2.32 desktop, Shotwell as the new default photo manager, and a number of other features. See the release announcement, press release and release notes for further details. Download (SHA256): ubuntu-10.10-desktop-i386.iso (693MB, torrent), ubuntu-10.10-desktop-amd64.iso (695MB, torrent).
Jonathan Riddell has announced the release of Kubuntu 10.10, an official Ubuntu variant featuring the KDE 4 desktop: "The Kubuntu team is proud to announce the release of 10.10, the latest version of our popular Linux distribution. Kubuntu is one of the Ubuntu distributions and is based on KDE software. With the combination of its Ubuntu backbone, the amazing KDE platform and applications, plus a few unique extras, 10.10 aims to provide the best fusion of stability, beauty and up-to-date software. Whether working, browsing the web, playing your music, composing an email or connecting with your friends on social networks, Kubuntu 10.10 brings you an innovative and attractive platform for all your desktop needs!" The release features KDE 4.5.1, a new combined desktop/netbook CD image, and Reconq, a new default web browser. Read release announcement for a detailed list of new features illustrated by screenshots. Download (SHA256): kubuntu-10.10-desktop-i386.iso (696MB, torrent), kubuntu-10.10-desktop-amd64.iso (696MB, torrent).
Xubuntu 10.10, an official Ubuntu variant featuring the Xfce desktop environment, is out: "Xubuntu 10.10, code-named 'Maverick Meerkat', is the latest and greatest version of Xubuntu. Some of the highlights include: Xubuntu now uses Parole, the Xfce Media Player, to provide an improved audio/video experience; Xfburn has replaced Brasero for a more resource-conscious CD/DVD burning tool; Xfce task manager has replaced GNOME task manager, providing similar function with fewer resources required; Gnumeric has been updated to version 1.10.8, and AbiWord is now version 2.8.6; a brand-new theme from the Shimmer team has been introduced." Read the release announcement and release notes to learn more about the new release. Download (SHA256): xubuntu-10.10-desktop-i386.iso (697MB, torrent), xubuntu-10.10-desktop-amd64.iso (693MB, torrent).
Jonathan Carter has announced the release of Edubuntu 10.10, an Ubuntu flavour designed primarily for deployment in schools: "The Edubuntu team is proud to announce the release of the latest version, Edubuntu 10.10, which is now available for download. The Edubuntu project is a group of people that aim to deliver the best of educational free software in an easily installable medium. We are part of the larger Ubuntu community and our main body of work is the Edubuntu installation disc, which installs Ubuntu along with educational tools and packages available in the Ubuntu software archives. We aim to make Ubuntu a great choice for the computing needs of children, students, parents, teachers and schools, bringing many of the best educational open-source applications and tools to the Ubuntu operating system." Read the release announcement for more information. Download (SHA256): edubuntu-10.10-dvd-i386.iso (2,463MB, torrent), edubuntu-10.10-dvd-amd64.iso (2,487MB, torrent).
Ben Dailey has announced the release of Mythbuntu 10.10, a specialist variant of Ubuntu designed for home theatre PCs: "Mythbuntu 10.10 has been released. With this release, we are providing mirroring on sponsored mirrors and torrents. It is very important to note that this release is only compatible with MythTV 0.23.1 systems. Previous Mythbuntu releases can be upgraded to a compatible version with the builds located at here, for a more detailed explanation see here. Highlights: swanky new installer; Mythbuntu-bare, a backup and restore utility for your MythTV configuration files; MythTV 0.23.1; preview of the upcoming MythNetvision plugin; Mythbuntu theme fixes." Read the complete release announcement for more details and a list of known issues. Download (SHA256): mythbuntu-10.10-desktop-i386.iso (643MB, torrent), mythbuntu-10.10-desktop-amd64.iso (685MB, torrent).
Julian Lavergne has announced the release of Lubuntu 10.10, an unofficial Ubuntu flavour featuring the lightweight LXDE desktop environment. Some of the features of this release include: "Based on the lightweight LXDE desktop environment; PCManFM 0.9.7, a fast and lightweight file manager using GIO/GVFS; LXDM, a lightweight GTK+ display manager; Chromium, the open-source build of Google Chrome; based on Ubuntu 10.10. Improvements since Lubuntu 10.04: added Update Notifier to get notification of available updates; added Xpad to create quick notes (similar to Tomboy); added Ace of penguins to provide some games; removed Parcellite which is not maintained upstream; pyNeighborhood was replaced by GVFS support of PCManFM; replace Xfce task manager with LXTask for tasks monitoring; Evince is now used for reading PDF files; a new and fresh theme...." Read the full release announcement for a detailed list of all major changes. Download: lubuntu-10.10.iso (546MB, MD5, torrent).