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.
- 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:
- Simple Thoughts – Ubuntu 8.10 Comphrensive Review
- Polish Linux – Ubuntu 8.10 A Positive Evolution
- The Linux Format – The LXF Test
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.