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Ubuntu 8.10: Intrepid Ibex Released!

October 31st, 2008 1 comment

With the amount of coverage surely to be taken by Windows 7 we can’t forget the other side of the force, Ubuntu 8.10 Intrepid Ibex was released a few hours ago.

Believe it or not I actually stayed up waiting for it to hit the servers, then hopped over to the iinet FTP server (mirror’d by the Internode servers also) as the 3FL Mirror (Westnet) wasn’t up to date (it is now!) and started leeching the sucker.

8.10 brings:

  • Linux Kernel v2.6.27 – which has the new Atheros driver, improved webcam support and support for the UBFIS file system, among other things documented on KernelNewbies.
  • Support for the UBIFS file system – especially for SSD/Flash drives in the hope it will improve performance and longetitivity of such devices.
  • GNOME v2.24 – which brings a slew of improvements including a tabbed nautilus.
  • X.Org v7.4 – includes Xorg-Server 1.5 which brings faster startup/shutdown times, hot-plugging for input devices.
  • Network Manager 0.7 – which adds 3G and PPPoE connectivity
  • Dynamic Kernel Module support – recompiles kernel modules automajically when kernel is updated.
  • LOTS more, documented in the 8.10 Release notes.

Mono 2.0, Python 2.6 and OpenOffice 3.0 didnt make the cut but will be present in 9.04 already dubbed the Jaunty Jackalope.

Download Ubuntu 8.10 and give it ago. For a complete look at Ubuntu 8.10, checkout these reviews:

Whilst I’ve had to hurry off to work with barely a few hours of sleep I did catch a few minutes of usage after a speedy install thanks to the USB installation method.

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Ubuntu 8.04.1 LTS Released

July 4th, 2008 No comments

Ubuntu 8.04 was released when I was in Japan, but it didnt stop me from downloading it – sucked it up at ~5Mbps which was bloody ridiculous!

Now we can finally get our hands on the first update to this LTS, Ubuntu 8.04.1 which contains – amongst a slew of bug-fixed packages – Firefox 3.0 Final. More information on the changes are posted on the Ubuntu mailing list release notification.

I’m still running 7.10 on the server at home – until I get the bawls (and time!) to redo the lovely server ZEUS has become to be! In the meantime, my Dell M1330 is upgrading to the 8.04.1 release as I write.

Grab a copy of Ubuntu 8.04.1 today!

On a side note, just recently saw the release of Sabayon Linux 3.5 which brings some really cool things to the table, I’ve downloaded the LiveDVD and considering giving it a go.

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