Ubuntu 10.04 Release Candidate Available

Ubuntu 10.04 Release Candidate Available

Summary: Ok, first things first. This is a Release Candidate.

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Ok, first things first. This is a Release Candidate. It's not the final release, and I'm not encouraging everyone (or anyone, for that matter) to download and install it right away. The final release is only a week away, so unless you have some major need for it right now, just take this as a "status report" and sit tight for one more week.

I downloaded and installed the "desktop" 64-bit release and the "netbook" 32-bit release yesterday. Setting aside the controversy over some of the technical decisions and changes Ubuntu has made, and looking only at installation, cosmetics and simple functionality, Ubuntu has once again done an excellent job. Installation is smooth and easy and most, if not all, of the installation screens have been reworked and significantly improved in terms of both ease of understanding and use. When I think back to just a couple of releases ago, when some of the installation screens were too large to fit on a netbook screen and some of the questions that were asked during installation were baffling even for an experienced user, this is a huge improvement.

One nice thing I noticed when installing the Netbook Remix on my HP Pavillion dv2-1010ez was that the latest X.org release includes vastly improved drivers for ATI graphic adapters. This means that the Netbook Remix desktop works just as well on AMD/ATI systems as it does on Intel systems. From the general discussion about the X.org updates, I gather that this is also true for nVidia graphic adapters because the nouveau driver has been significantly improved as well. I no longer have my ASUS netbook to test this, but I'll see if I can "borrow" it back when the final Lucid release is out.

Here's another quick observation - at risk of "stirring the pot" on the controversy about this change. While working with the RC last night, I realized that I had already pretty much gotten used to the window button location, and it wasn't disturbing me as much as it had been. In addition, I see a small benefit in it because of the way that I normally work with multiple windows, when I Maximize/Restore/Minimize windows, the buttons tend to be more easily accessible, and seem a bit more convenient. That is clearly a question of personal taste and work habits, but my point is simply that this change is not the end of the world as we know it, it's not all that difficult to adjust to, and if Ubuntu has some ideas about what they want to do with the space that is opened on the title bar by doing this, then I'm willing to deal with it and wait to see what comes next.

So, the bottom line is, the Release Candidate is out, and it looks very good.

jw 23.4.2010

Topic: Linux

J.A. Watson

About J.A. Watson

I started working with what we called "analog computers" in aircraft maintenance with the United States Air Force in 1970. After finishing military service and returning to university, I was introduced to microprocessors and machine language programming on Intel 4040 processors. After that I also worked on, operated and programmed Digital Equipment Corporation PDP-8, PDP-11 (/45 and /70) and VAX minicomputers. I was involved with the first wave of Unix-based microcomputers, in the early '80s. I have been working in software development, operation, installation and support since then.

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  • Is there anything new for servers? That's what I mainly use Ubuntu for...
    Manek Dubash
  • Hi Manek - two things come to mind without actually looking around very much. First, the advancement in the Linux kernel (2.6.32), and second the Ubuntu "cloud" features, if you are interested in looking into that area. I'll keep this in mind, and post again in this thread if I come across anything else interesting over the weekend.

    jw
    j.a.watson1
  • Regarding the position of the buttons... There's a really cool app called, "Ubuntu Tweaks"... It's really simple... and it allows you to rearrange the order, regardless of your theme.

    As for the dark theme, we really love the lighter, cooler theme called, "orange". It's easy to install after you add their repository. See http://is.gd/bFsue
    bruceaaa1
  • Thanks for this update jw, my finger is itchily poised on the buzzer...
    Jake Rayson