Kubuntu

Introduction

The Kubuntu team is proud to announce the release of 10.10 - codename Maverick Meerkat, the latest version of our popular Linux distribution, based on Ubuntu and KDE SC 4.5.

With the combination of it's Ubuntu backbone, the amazing KDE Software Compilation, and 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!

Read on for highlights and information on how to get Kubuntu 10.10.

Getting Kubuntu

10.10 images can be downloaded from the following URL:

It is always best to check your cd image before you install! The md5sums can be found here.

Upgrades can be made from Kubuntu 10.04 LTS, see https://help.ubuntu.com/community/MaverickUpgrades/Kubuntu

What's New

KDE SC 4.5.1

Kubuntu brings the latest KDE Software Compilation to our users. The Plasma Workspaces see both refinement and innovation towards semantic, task-driven workflows. In addition to thousands of bugs that have been fixed in order to make the user experience more complete, more usable and more attractive, some interesting changes are included. Highlights include a redesigned notification area, revamped Activities configuration, and a redesigned System Settings. Check out these pages for more details.

Enhancements

Combined Desktop/Netbook ISO Image

For 10.10, Kubuntu have merged the Desktop and Netbook images into one featuring both the Plasma Desktop and Plasma Netbook workspaces. The appropriate workspace for your machine will be launched at login; you can also change the workspace in System Settings.

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Plasma Desktop

Plasma Netbook

Ubiquity Installer

Our installer has had a few changes. On boot Ubiquity will offer you the option of running the live system or installing directly.

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Ubiquity now lets you download updates and restricted packages such as MP3 playback during the install so you don't have to do them later (of course you will need internet access for this).

The installation process starts right after the disk setup page, before you have completed the remaining setup tasks, so it'll be ready to use sooner.

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Improved KPackageKit

KPackageKit for Kubuntu now has an application-focused view as part of it's updated user interface. You now can find individual packages by searching by name. The backend has been changed to the much faster aptcc to ensure your installs are as quick as possible.

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New features such as a package-list backup/restore tool and application screenshots are just a few of the enhancements KPackageKit provides to give Kubuntu users a better, polished and stable package management tool.

New default web browser - Rekonq

Rekonq is now the web browser for Kubuntu. It is built on both KDE Platform and Qt WebKit technologies and sports a modern, clean interface that maximizes space for web browsing and doesn't get in your way. Both Konqueror and the Kubuntu Firefox Installer are still available for users who prefer these options

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New Ubuntu Font

The default font on the install media is now the Ubuntu font.

Plasma Netbook now sports the Global Menu by default. This innovation helps conserve vertical space on small netbook screens. In combination with the Plasma Netbook panel no longer auto hiding by default this represents a significant improvement in Plasma Netbook usability from previous releases.

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QApt Batch

QApt Batch now replaces install-package as the update/batch-installer utility. QApt Batch features improved security features via PolKit-1 support, improved robustness, as well as usability enhancements.

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Improved Message Indicator

Kubuntu's essage indicator plasma-widget has seen some visual improverments for 10.10 as well. You can also shift-click on the tray icon to open the application with the most recent event.

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BlueDevil

BlueDevil has become the default Bluetooth programme to make file transfer and other Bluetooth operations much more reliable.

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PulseAudio

Kubuntu now uses the PulseAudio sound server by default. Building on the efforts of Ubuntu over the last several release cycles, this system is now used by Kubuntu to give users enhanced configurability, flexibility and ease of use. System settings has been updated to enhance pulseaudio control integration.

New Technology

Kubuntu Mobile Tech Preview

A new flavour for Kubuntu. Kubuntu Mobile uses the Plasma Mobile workspace to create an operating system suitable for use on smart phones such as Nokia N900s. Available in Tech Preview for i386 and ARM platforms.

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Known Issues

If you are ubable to view or manage your audio devices, try installing and using pavucontrol.

On login, the following error message may occur: "Unable to save bookmarks in /home/{USERNAME}/.local/share/user-places.xbel". This is incorrect, and can be safely ignored. (Bug: 627815)

On some Intel graphics chips, Desktops effects may not be enabled, and may work poorly when they are (628930) (630580)

X may crash on KDM logout (651294)

Users cannot enable autologin (649539)

The Global Menu may not show gtk applications' menus. You will need to install the package appmenu-gtk.

Rekonq does not (yet) have spellcheck capabilities

Kopete does not display a tray icon by default, upgraders may have to enable this in the settings and restart the IM client

Feedback

We want to hear what you think about Kubuntu 10.10. We want to know if it Rocks, if it is just OK, or it is flat out wrong. No matter the feedback, as long as it is in line with the Ubuntu Code of Conduct we would like to hear it.

So what are you waiting for; head on over to the Feedback Page and let us know!

MaverickMeerkat/Final/Kubuntu (last edited 2010-11-04 04:30:36 by cpe-184-153-155-199)