Hands on Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat with my Aspire One a110
Today I've installed, on my Acer Aspire a110 (8GB) the last release of Ubuntu for netbook: Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat
The installation process has taken:
- 60 minutes to download Ubuntu from ubuntu.com
- 10 minutes to create a bootable pen drive
- 45 minutes to install ubuntu on the Aspire One
The startup time is about the same in Ubuntu 10.04
The first thing that I've seen is the new GUI: Unity.
This new GUI is very interesting because it gives you a lot of space for your applications. It uses the same schema of Macintosh, it shares the same menu bar for all the opened applications, and also it adds a dock on the left side of the screen. This layout is very useful but I think that this GUI is too young and it has to be enhanced.
I tried to print some document on the Xerox Document Centre 420 (on the LAN) and I can say that it works fine with driver for Xerox Document Centre 400 printer.
Both Ethernet and Wifi connections work well.
The Evolution mail client now is super fast, and for me this enhancement is enough to switch to this new ubuntu release.