ITworld review: Ubuntu 10.10 scores close to a ten

October 1, 2010, 01:16 PM — —

The newest Ubuntu Linux, Maverick Meerkat 10.10, is so close you can almost taste it. And, if you’re willing to use the release candidate of Ubuntu 10.10, you can try it now. I have, and I like it a lot.

To put the Maverick Meerkat through its paces, I ran it on my reliable old laptop companion a Lenovo ThinkPad R61 This 2008 notebook is powered by a 2.2GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor T7500 and has 2GBs of RAM. I also tried it out on one of my usual desktop operating systems testbed PCs: a Dell Inspiron 530S powered by a 2.2-GHz Intel Pentium E2200 dual-core processor with an 800-MHz front-side bus. This box has 4GBs of RAM, a 500GB SATA (Serial ATA) drive, and an Integrated Intel 3100 GMA (Graphics Media Accelerator) chip set.

On both systems, installing Ubuntu was as easy as starting a car. I just popped in the key, a USB key to be exact, switched it on, and in a few minutes I was cruising along. No fuss, no muss.

Updated to 10.10 the other day, no major issues, everything is running smooth which is great to see, good job guys and girls :)