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Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat: One Hit, One Miss

Oct 23, 2010, 15:02 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Doug Roberts)

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"Ubuntu 10.10, aka "Maverick Meerkat" was released recently, and according to the Ubuntu home page, the perfect 10 is here. For those not familiar with Ubuntu's release cycle, this one is a short-term support release which will be patched and modified up until it eventually morphs into the next long term release about 18 months from now.

"I decided to test two of these new offerings a couple of days ago. I installed the i386 Desktop version on my Dell Lattitude 6500, which has the Nvidia Quadro graphics chipset and the Intel WiFi Link 5100 wireless chipset, and I put the Netbook version on the Acer Aspire One, which is an N450 based netbook with the Intel N10 graphics chipset and an Atheros AR8132 wireless adaptor.

"The Hit

"The Desktop Edition installed quickly and without any hitches. Everything came up working with no problems: wireless, display, sound, everything. I installed the Nvidia proprietary graphics driver to check it, and it works well too. Everything was as I have come to expect from Canonical -- it just worked.

"The Miss"

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