The folks at Canonical have decided to get a bit cute with the launch of the latest version of the popular Ubuntu Linux distribution. Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat is due out on October 10th… also known as 10/10/10. Right on schedule, Canonical took the penultimate step toward delivering Meerkat on time by pushing out a release candidate last night.
Unless any major bugs are discovered in the release candidate, the version launched last night will effectively be the full release, so if you’re willing to push your luck just a little bit you can go ahead and install Ubuntu 10.10 today and start using the OS 10 days early.
Ubuntu 10.10 RC should look pretty familiar to anyone who has been using the beta since last month. There are a few updates including a newer kernel version and a newer version of the GNOME desktop environment. There are some major changes since Ubuntu 10.04 though, including the new Unity desktop environment for Ubuntu Netbook edition.
Ubuntu 10.10 RC is available as a free download from Canonical.