Desktop: Maverick Meerkat ships with GNOME 2.32. The desktop is the same as the one on the previous stable release. Compiz, the OpenGL window and compositing manager (3D desktop) is installed, but a graphical tool to configure it is not. From the Software Center or from a shell terminal, you may install CompizConfig Settings Manager, which is one of the graphical tools used to configure Compiz.
Screenshot of a spiced up Ubuntu desktop. View more screenshots here
Installed Applications: In addition to standard GNOME desktop accessories, games, and system utilities, here are the main applications installed by default:
- Firefox 3.6.10
- OpenOffice.org 3.2.1
- Shotwell photo manager
- Evolution Mail and Calendar
- Gwibber, a Twitter desktop client
- Transmission BitTorrent client
- Pitivi video editor
- Rhythmbox music player
- Sound Recorder
There are many more applications available in the repository which you may install at any time using the Software Center, the old software center (Synaptic), and from a shell terminal. Moovida is the only installable media center application in the repository. Enna, the other media center application in the repository is not installable because of unresolvable dependencies. XMBC, the most popular open source media center application is not in the repository.
Software Management and Updates : The Software Center, Synaptic, and apt-get from a shell terminal are the software management tools available on Ubuntu. In terms of features and innovations, the Software Center is where the action is. The interface is a lot more user-friendly than Synaptic’s. The Installed applications category in the left panel makes it easy to browse the list of applications installed on the system.
The Canonical Partners entry in the left panel gives a list of non-free (proprietary) applications available for installation.
And the For Purchase entry gives a list of fee-based applications offered by Canonical Partners. Currently, just one application, Fluendo DVD Player, is available for purchase. At $24.95, the Fluendo DVD Player is going to be a hard sell.
The History entry in the left panel is one neat feature of the Software Center. It gives you a detailed report of the installation activities right from the time the OS was installed.