Good news people the beta release of Ubuntu 7.10 Gutsy Gibbon is available for download now. The full release is due on October the 18th so we are edging ever closer. There are quite a few new features to try out such as:
- Gnome 2.20
- Desktop 3D Effects
- Built In Desktop Search with Beagle
- Fast User switching
- Firefox Plugins In Ubuntu
- Graphical Configuration Tool for the X server
- Fully Automatic Printer Installation
- NTFS Writing
- Power Management
- AppArmour Security Framework
- Improved Thin Client Support
So what does all this mean? Well basically it means that Ubuntu is now more polished and professional than ever before but there aren’t really any ground breaking developments from what I can see. It’s all gravy 🙂 I have to be honest and say that I’ve really dragged my heals when it comes to testing the Alpha releases of 7.10 and I will have to make a more concerted effort to try out the new beta. I think as a distribution Ubuntu is going from strength to strength and it’s great to see, while I may have maligned the lack of major changes in this release features such as NTFS disk writing and automatic printer installation will obviously be of huge benefit to novice users. Perhaps the reason there aren’t so many major developments is really down to the fact that the major problems have already been solved in previous releases.
As it says on the website this software is not guaranteed to work and is only a beta release so please take care in installing it on any important machines, the software should be pretty much stable by this stage but caution is still advised. Don’t let this put you off trying it though, if you have some spare space on your hard disk or even a spare computer why not take it for a spin.
As I said before I intend to put my data where my mouth is and try this out on my own machine very soon, it really helps the developers for as many people as possible to try this stuff out and submit your feedback to them. On wards and upwards guys 🙂