Canonical has officially launched the latest version of its popular Linux-based operating system, Ubuntu 10.10, with an attractive interface aimed at impressing netbook users.
Billed as “super-fast and great-looking,” Ubuntu is a free operating system that powers desktops, servers, netbooks and laptops, and is created by open-source developers all over the globe.
The latest update (known as ‘Maverick Meerkat’) features a new ‘Unity interface’ for netbooks and other devices with small displays, and comes with a ‘Me Menu’ for accessing Facebook and Twitter accounts straight from the desktop.
The Ubuntu Software Centre offers access to thousands of open-source and selected free and paid applications, with 10.10’s new music player including an integrated store, so users can directly buy and download new tracks, with the option to sync and stream tunes to Android or iPhone handsets.
The OS also comes with photo and video editors, with built in uploading support for popular photo and social network sites.
Ubuntu 10.10 for netbooks can be downloaded here, and there’s also a desktop version, with both offering integration with the Ubuntu One service for backing up files and data and streaming media files in the cloud.
If you fancy giving the Ubuntu Netbook Edition a whirl, you can trial it without having to mess about with your current OS by running it from a USB stick.
Note that it’s a sizeable 700MB download.