Over the last two days two projects near and dear to my heart have issued important new releases. I just wanted to cover them both here in one solid shot of awesome, with the goal of encouraging your lovely people to go and download and enjoy both.

Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat Released!

At 10am UTC on the 10th of the 10th month in 2010 we unleashed the Maverick Meerkat into the wild. It has been a long and busy cycle, but like many other members of the Ubuntu family, I am hugely proud of this release. I think Maverick is yet another step forward in which Ubuntu seats itself as a real contender to provide an awesome, simple, and importantly…Free Software…computing experience.

There are a number of things that I have been excited about in Maverick. We have seen the introduction of Unity in the netbook edition, which I have started using on my desktop, the sound indicator saw improvements, numerous Ubuntu Software Center changes, a raft of general software updates, a new GNOME, private/public cloud improvements, Ubuntu One additions (such as music streaming) and much more. I am tremendously proud of all the hard work that has gone into this release in the community and at Canonical. I just want to offer a particular shout-out to some of the lesser known folks who have made this release rock – the translators, testers, docs writers, release management folks, and more. Everyone has put their brick in the wall to bring Ubuntu to millions of users around the world.

Go and find out more about Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat here

New Severed Fifth ‘Nightmares By Design’ Album Released!

A day after the Ubuntu release I announced the availability of the new album in my Creative Commons metal project Severed Fifth. The album is called Nightmares By Design and you can read the announcement of the new album here and download it from here.

The album features eleven tracks, is just over 54mins long, and is available under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license. I would like to encourage you all to download it, enjoy it, and share it with your friends. This album is way more musical, more accessible, and I think an all-round better album than the first release; I am really proud of it. :-)

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