Today we had the pleasure of playing a little with the new Ubuntu installer, present in the latest daily build of the upcoming Maverick Meerkat (Ubuntu 10.10) operating system, due for release in October 10th, 2010. The installer is completely revamped and accessible by Linux beginners.A month ago we've presented the new installer of the upcoming Ubuntu 10.10 (Maverick Meerkat) release, in an interview with Evan Dandrea, Software Engineer on the Foundations Team at Canonical.
The new installer offers users the possibility of downloading software updates or/and installing proprietary drivers for wireless cards, support for MP3 files, Adobe Flash Player, Java and DVD playback support.
Without any further ado, we'll let you take a look at the first screenshots of the new Ubuntu 10.10 installer!
As you can see from the screenshots above, the installer features automatic timezone functionality, automatic keyboard layout functionality, a simplified Account Setup page and a Wireless Network Selection page!
Volume and machine controls are also present while installing Ubuntu.
However, at this moment, it looks like the installer is incomplete and it has some quirks, as we were not able to install Ubuntu!
For Ubuntu 10.10 (Maverick Meerkat), the Ubiquity developers recommend having an active Internet connection while installing Ubuntu, because you will be able to download software updates, install support for non-English languages, or install proprietary drivers and applications.
If you want a taste of the upcoming Ubuntu 10.10 (Maverick Meerkat) OS, you should know that the Alpha 3 release is now available for download (for testing purposes only).
The final release of Ubuntu 10.10 will see the light of day on October 10th, 2010. It will be the 13th release of Ubuntu.
Don't forget to check our website regularly for more news about the upcoming features of Ubuntu 10.10.