Just as I'm getting used to Ubuntu 7.04 Feisty Fawn, details of the next version, 7.10 (codenamed "Gutsy Gibbon"), have been released.
Here are some highlights:
- Ubuntu 7.10 will ship with the latest edition of the GNOME desktop, 2.20, released a few weeks before our own release. Kubuntu 7.10 will ship with KDE 3.5.7, and should also include packages of KDE 4.0 rc 2 available for optional side-by-side installation.
- Ubuntu 7.10 will use the 2.6.22 Linux kernel, along with our usual selection of updated and additional drivers. We will also use Xorg 7.3, giving better graphics hardware support and the option of hotplugging monitors (RandR 1.2) and input devices (xserver 1.4).
- Some "winmodem" chips will be supported out of the box, where drivers are available.
- As announced, Ubuntu 7.10 will be first release to include a new Mobile and Embedded edition targeted at hand-held devices and other mobile/embedded form factors.
- For increased security, the AppArmor security framework will be available as an option for those that want it.
- Ubuntu 7.10 should function significantly better when the filesystem is full or otherwise not writable, allowing the user to make room and then continue working without undue interruption.
Final release is scheduled for October 18th 2007.