Looking forward to Ubuntu 7.10 "Gutsy Gibbon"

Looking forward to Ubuntu 7.10 "Gutsy Gibbon"

Summary: This Thursday sees the release of the next version of the successful Linux distro Ubuntu - version 7.10, code-named "Gutsy Gibbon." Like the code-name or hate it, Ubuntu 7.10 has some interesting and useful new features that make it worth taking a look at.

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This Thursday sees the release of the next version of the successful Linux distro Ubuntu - version 7.10, code-named "Gutsy Gibbon." Like the code-name or Looking forward to Ubuntu 7.10 “Gutsy Gibbon”hate it, Ubuntu 7.10 has some interesting and useful new features that make it worth taking a look at.

Ubuntu 7.10 isn't a major release and won't have long term support (LTS) but the development team have added just enough new features to make this upgrade a compelling one for anyone that's already using Ubuntu and ironed out a few of the creases to make it a little easier for new adopters of the distro.

[Update: Download Gutsy Gibbon from Canonical] I'm going to leave having a detailed look at Gutsy Gibbon until it's released on Thursday, but there are a few new features worth mentioning:

  • Multi-monitor support For anyone who likes having vast amounts of screen real estate, the new native support for multiple monitors will make the upgrade worthwhile.
  • Native support for WPA Finally, it feels like Ubuntu is ready for notebooks (where dodgy WiFi handling was the most apparent).
  • Improved power management Now you can stick it to the man and help save the planet simultaneously.
  • Totem improvements The Totem media player sees a significant revamp.
  • NTFS support NTFS-formatted drives are automatically detected and mounted.
  • Improved printer support Again, another new improvement that Linux newbies will appreciate.
  • Printing to PDF This is a nice feature that I use all the time in Windows and will value in Ubuntu.

Anyone else eagerly awaiting Gutsy Gibbon? What features or improvements would you like to see in future releases?

Topics: Linux, Open Source, Operating Systems, Software

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  • don't forget

    The possibility to have you're drives encrypted during the install....
    tombalablomba
    • new features?

      these are all features i have enjoyed for years in ubuntu. is it that they are easier to set up or are you claiming they are actually NEW features?
      brokndodge9
      • New, as in no basement weed smoking hacker needed

        Give me a break. New as in Sally Secretary could probbaly sit down in front of the machine and use it.

        God, just once I'd like a run into a Linux user who isn't fool of himself as he pats himself on the back for having kludged something together years before the feature actually became useable by an average person.
        croberts
        • Well..I too, was going to CAC... (Comment/Argue/Complain...)

          But for a different reason.. those things have been available for awhile... in various forms... in all Linux.. from those into the core stuff LFS, Gentoo, Slack & Debian, or the more mainstream Ubuntu's, RedHat/Fedora & Suse or the less talked about distros like; Mepis, LinuxMint, DreamLinux Vector, Pioneer, Arch & Zenwalk etc, etc.

          No kludge as it is all the same 1's & 0's just packaged differently.

          And Some of those Sally Secretary's or Aunt Tilly's could easily get if exposed.
          Still Ubuntu & variants are making great strides for the general user, mostly making people a little more aware & may provide a POD (point of departure) to all the things available, even if it may not satisfy every particular need or taste.

          Although "fool of himself" was an interesting (slip of the tongue/keyboard) concatenation. like Truthiness or Gutly?

          Weed & Basements are really non sequitur. But sometimes miss those days.

          Are you now or have you ever been a closet or log cabin Republican?

          What is the issue?
          LazLong
  • Has Compiz Fusion As Well

    I used to run beryl - originally as eye candy but actually proved to be very useful doing my MSc project (UML on 1 workspace; dissertation on other; java on other).

    I took it off because one version of Poseidon UML didn't seem to work with it; but hoping this has been fixed in Compiz Fusion.
    BanjoPaterson
    • who cares about it? Compiz fusion is a video-game.

      Compiz fusion is a video-game. It's not a professional desktop.
      Aero rocks!
      qmlscycrajg
      • That's a matter of opinion...

        Personally I don't like the 3D desktops, sure they are fun to play with but not really beneficial to me. BUT There are some that find that Beryl and Compiz fusion to be very much in line with what they do day to day professionally. So for Aero rocking? Your opinion... ]:)
        Linux User 147560
  • Tip: how to avoid download traffic jam on Thursday 18th

    A stampede on the Ubuntu servers is expected, next Thursday. They will probably go down, just as they did last April, on the release day of 7.04.

    Tip: avoid the traffic jam and bookmark a couple of the mirror servers mentioned on this page:
    http://www.ubuntu.com/getubuntu/downloadmirrors

    Don't simply bookmark this page on ubuntu.com itself, because ubuntu.com will go down as well, I expect....

    Have fun!

    Pjotr.
    pjotr123
    • Good Advice / wget

      It has been my experience that overall [http=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wget]wget[/url] (from the command line) runs fastest as compared to bittorrent and http.
      D T Schmitz
    • Good Advice / wget (take 2)

      It has been my experience that overall [url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wget]wget[/url] (from the command line) runs fastest as compared to bittorrent and http.
      D T Schmitz
      • Bittorrent is faster

        I got Gutsy RC1 in about twelve minutes using bittorrent (ran near 1000KB/sec). I can't imagine wget being nearly as fast, never having seen over 400KB/s, even from a local mirror here in Korea.

        Open Source advocates tend to leave their BT clients seeding for a long time. It's part of the culture. Sharing code. Sharing bandwidth. All that jazz. That makes BT for Linux distros REALLY fast.
        daengbo
    • A better way...

      ...would be to download the latest daily build now from http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/daily-live/current/ and install that. It will be almost exactly the same as the final release, and if not, it'll at least work about as stable as that one. Once the traffic jam is over you can just upgrade your system.
      Vinko_z
    • Another way, get the release candidate ...

      If you upgrade or install the release canidate then come Oct 18 it's only a couple of minor updates and viola, full install of Gusty 7.10 via Synaptic.

      The release candidate is very stable and almost identical to the final version. I've done this on every version of Kubuntu since Dapper 6.06 to beat the rush hour traffic with very minor problems. :)
      MisterMiester
      • Download Beta

        That's what I did. Sucker ran fine on a Pentium III with 256mb or RAM. Haven't had a chance to play with the eye candy, but, for what I needed, a computer with a good browser, it works great. Oh, and I just had to see if it would work.
        Michael Of Atlanta
    • Why avoid the traffic jam.....

      when you can use it to your advantage. Download the .torrent from ubuntu and hall a$$.
      JoeMama_z
    • best way to avoid traffic jam on 18th

      is to wait until the 19th lol.
      zigip
    • or you could just wait for the cd

      Naaah, what Geek ever wanted to wait for the cd.
      Even though the downloads from Ubuntu.com take almost as long
      :-)
      ITdaized
  • Ubuntu now includes AppArmor

    [url=https://help.ubuntu.com/community/AppArmor]Put a secure sandbox around your Firefox internet session with AppArmor![/url]

    This is a must have!
    D T Schmitz
    • Thanks for the heads up.

      None of the list in the blog would make me want to update, but AppArmor looks pretty cool.
      enduser_z
  • A joke right?

    I???m going to leave having a detailed look at Gutsy
    Gibbon until it???s released on Thursday, but there are a
    few new features worth mentioning:

    Multi-monitor support
    For anyone who likes having vast amounts of screen
    real estate, the new native support for multiple
    monitors will make the upgrade worthwhile.

    Native support for WPA
    Finally, it feels like Ubuntu is ready for notebooks
    (where dodgy WiFi handling was the most apparent).

    Improved power management
    Now you can stick it to the man and help save the
    planet simultaneously.

    Totem improvements
    The Totem media player sees a significant revamp.

    NTFS support
    NTFS-formatted drives are automatically detected and
    mounted.

    Improved printer support
    Again, another new improvement that Linux newbies
    will appreciate.

    Printing to PDF
    This is a nice feature that I use all the time in Windows
    and will value in Ubuntu.

    Are you kidding me? This is 2007!
    People