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Test Center Roundup: Hot New Products For October 2010

The CRN Test Center offers a peek at the latest wares from Ubuntu, AMD, Apple, Oki Data and Nuance.

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Ubuntu's Meerkat Sharpens Its Claws

Ubuntu 10.10, code-named "Maverick Meerkat," entered beta testing earlier this month. The software makes some incremental improvements over Ubuntu 10.04, the current version, including continued beautification of its GUI, broader application support and streamlined management under the hood.

It's still a fast and easy installation and provides for even easier navigation to applications, desktop management and PC settings. It appears to have been streamlined as well for use as a server.

But what will get most of the attention around this release is the work developers have done on the Ubuntu Software Center -- the centralized area where Ubuntu-supported software resides.

Some have described the new Ubuntu Software Center as a move to become more friendly to those who are used to the "App Store" model of downloading and installing software -- and it does make a significant move in that direction.

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