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.
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?