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Ubuntu 7.10 released

Ubuntu 7.10 of the popular desktop Linux distribution has landed.

Ubuntu 7.10 of the popular desktop Linux distribution has landed.

According to DesktopLinux:

The Gutsy Gibbon Ubuntu 7.10 Desktop Edition includes improvements in advanced plug-and-play printing, enhanced browsing, and the option of a smooth new user interface built on top of the new GNOME 2.20 desktop.

[Also], its hardware support has been improved. Besides better plug-and-play configuration for printers, the new Ubuntu includes automatic firmware installation for Broadcom Wi-Fi cards.

Additional features:

  • Full external VGA (projector) support is available out of the box
  • Comes with compiz and Compiz Fusion enabled by default (3-D desktop and other eye candy)
  • Full read and write capability for all Windows partitions, including NTFS
  • Comes with GNOME's new Tracker 0.6.3 desktop search application for free text search (Like Beagle and Google Desktop) as well as structured searches using RDF Query
  • Greatly improved and easy-to-maintain security, courtesy of AppArmor

For more details, you can check out the Ubuntu 7.10 release notes.

Users who are upgrading from Ubuntu 7.04 to 7.10 should follow the instructions on the Ubuntu upgrade page, or you can visit the main Ubuntu Web site.

Do you use Ubuntu? What is your experience with Ubuntu so far?

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Paul Mah is a writer and blogger who lives in Singapore, where he has worked for a number of years in various capacities within the IT industry. Paul enjoys tinkering with tech gadgets, smartphones, and networking devices.

17 comments
dirtylaundry
dirtylaundry

I've been using previous versions of Ubuntu and I love it. It's fast, smooth and easy to use. I've even been able to test crashed computers (that were using a version of Windoze) to verify a working but infected system using the live cd. My only gripe is that the free online AV scanners only work with IE and/or Windoze. AVG should implement a free online scanner that is compatible with Ubuntu. That said, I have 3 older desktops running Ubuntu. 3 cheers to the Linux Community for banding together for this one!

eddyrox1
eddyrox1

i don't have my own copy of ubuntu... yet. but that's only because i have been sharing the PC at home for a long time with my sister. pretty soon i'll be having it to myself(she's getting married and heading out) i'll be hanging on Ubuntu permanently. after having spent so much time on ubuntu driven PCs... what can i say.. i like it. curently doing a project for uni on ubuntu. with a final case study of windows vs ubuntu. after all the polls and research done.. ubuntu looks like its goin in one direction(north) and windows is starting to head the other way.(south). once i get my PC up and running on Ubuntu i hope to start up a community on getting in more menu driven features amongst other things to make more windows users feel at home when they switch. 3 cheers to the linux team indeed for taking the steps they did. :)

blissb
blissb

At home, I've been using Linux exclusively since RedHat 5.2 was new. I put kubuntu 7.04 on an old laptop a few months ago, and am completely sold on it as a desktop distro. Looking forward to trying it 7.10. I still use SuSE 10.1 on my home server, but I'm considering switching it over, too.

Rndmacts
Rndmacts

Installed 7.1 last week and have likes and dislikes. Was looking forward to desktop effects but unfortunately Ubuntu doesn't install the proper drivers for video card ATI X1300 Pro or recognize my 22" wide monitor, can't set appropriate resolution. Ubuntu installed fglxr driver which doesn't support x series cards. Have followed instructions to install ATI's proprietary driver but that driver is more for commercial linux (ie. Redhat and SUSE). So on the graphics front still cannot run desktop effects or even get screen resolutions that are pleasing to the eye. Do like the fact that the latest version of OpenOffice is installed including Draw. I will uninstall all video drivers and try again to build a proper driver using the ATI installer.

kandyass
kandyass

I had some success with this method: http://wiki.cchtml.com/index.php/Ubuntu_Gutsy_Installation_Guide under gutsy but I could never get bigdesktop running correctly. Also, watch out that 3D and compositing cannot exceed 2048X2048. If you try to run compiz with say 3200x1200 resolution across 2 screens your screen will be corrupted until it resets. If you have only one monitor, the above guide should work fine. Never try to use the amdccle or the screens and resolutions to change your settings though, just edit the xorg.conf file. I ultimately reverted back to 7.04 on my desktop and I'm quite happy with it. I'll go for a fresh 7.10 when I get around to picking up a decent nvidia card. My laptop has a GeForce GPU and runs great w/ 64-bit 7.10, previous versions didn't work well because of the broadcom closed source driver. It just works now though.

yschoo1
yschoo1

Please let me know how to do it. Thanks! I have an older ATI 7200 series SDR PCI video card installed in my older Dell Dimension 800r and couldn't get it working and forced to abandon it and using the on-board Intel 810e so-so video display instead.

rgetsla
rgetsla

I have been using Ubuntu 7.04 for about 3 months, and I have just up-graded to Ubuntu 7.10. So far, 7.10 has been working well, and the up-grade process was time consuming, but otherwise painless. I am the "sacrificial guinea pig" of our company (a small start-up). I have been running Ubuntu exclusively so I can find the "rocks in the road" and warn my co-workers about them when they "take the plunge" and drop Microsoft in favor of Ubuntu. After some painful experiences with Microsoft, we decided to switch, and we are now migrating to Ubuntu for our desktops and servers except for 2 machines, which will continue to run Windows XP, because that is what they are running now. We know we need to see how our web page(s) render with IE, and we have some CAD software that runs only on Windows. We may have to bite another bullet, in case Microsoft tries to strong-arm us again. The "strong-arm" tactics of "WGA" (Windows Genuine Advantage) are what pushed us over the edge, and away from Windows. However, we have decided we will not willingly "up-grade" any of our Windows machines to "Vista". We think the price of up-grading to "Vista" is, for us, too high.

shardeth-15902278
shardeth-15902278

Just finishing up the first install on a laptop. I really like what they have done with the install wizard. It is pretty darn friendly. The windows user profile is a nice feature. I wouldn't mind a little more clarity on the partitioner, and there appears to be a problem with the manual paritioning tool (the drop-down for selecting mount point didn't work, might have just been a single case though). There was also an unnecessarily long delay during the apt configuration, most likely because I am behind a manual web proxy, which it did not prompt me for. I really like the proprietary driver assistant, and the NTFS support. They are doing an excellent job at making ubuntu easy to use (I think in many cases, easier than Windows even). Can't wait to start really playing with it now.

Oktet
Oktet

Finally, its about time. I have really had no problems with Ubuntu 7.04; however, talk about a very time consuming linux distro, everything works if you have the time and follow the forums. I will be testing out Ubuntu 7.10 as soon as it it is done downloading, so that should be fun. In the meantime- party with PC Linux 2007-yeah.

Dipthis
Dipthis

So far, my experience with Ubuntu has been promising. Frustrating, too - but I can recall Win 3.1 locking up during disk 5 of the install process. I enjoyed Ubuntu 6 (Edgy) running from the CD enough to install Ubuntu 7.04 (Feisty Fawn) on the home computer. It was a learning process to install my printer, and a fresh challenge to re-engage my java runtime environment following an update. Plug and Play by M$Windows had really allowed me to slack off doing any serious thinking during an OS install... Finding help was as easy as asking about three people - the third of which knew the OS, all the quirks, and quickly provided encouragement and assistance. I've downloaded Ubuntu 7.10 (Gutsy Gibbon), but won't start installing until the weekend. What made me start experimenting? M$Update sneaking out to clog up the boot drive with undesired updates while Auto Update was turned off.

paulmah
paulmah

What is your experience with Ubuntu so far?

boxfiddler
boxfiddler

Am fiddling in the Live CD the past couple of days with thoughts of installing between semesters. While I'm not especially keen on Gnome in some regards, this distro certainly is showing huge promise for me. Looks like I am going have to check into kubuntu - another download and burn to play in kde. Definitely both reads and writes to my current NTFS partition. Love that. Security issues to check into, but this has got to be the friendliest Linux I have tried! If the install goes as well as the playing goes, I will be one happy, Windows free (well mostly) camper! :)

aginj
aginj

I enjoy using Ubuntu 7.10 and have recently switched my husband's AMD computer from Win XP to the 64 bit version of Ubuntu 7.10 and it Flies!!! I love it, plus it was super easy to install including the drivers for the GeForce video card & HP Printer. My husband is no computer wiz and he felt comfortable with the new operating system right away. I setup Mozilla Firefox and Thunderbird for Email which he was comfortable using in Win XP. I have found using Ubuntu a lot of fun and the 64bit version to boost the productivity of my AMD Athlon computer like a supercharger on a Corvette!

proptwistr
proptwistr

I've been experimenting with Ubuntu since the 6.x releases. In my opinion, this version of Ubuntu is the first distro capable of dislodging Windows on some corporate desktops. It's easy to install, very reliable, great looking, and has a ton of free tools and applications to choose from. The Synaptic Package Manager is easy to work with and fun to browse. Local AND network printers are way too easy to install. Compiz is awesome. If you don't know what it is, definitely Google it and watch a video. The only two reasons to hang on to Windows - and these are BIG reasons - are that some apps are obviously Windows-only and that there are still issues that crop up on Ubuntu that require some serious digging to figure out. The good news, though, is that there are literally thousands of people ready to help with any issues that arise. I have installed 7.04 and 7.10 on 8 or 9 pcs both single and dual-boot and have yet to see a failed install.

eddyrox1
eddyrox1

now that WINE is out (let's forget for the moment that 8.04 is out as well..) doesn't that really cut off the reasons to use windows?

NaughtyMonkey
NaughtyMonkey

do a Mandriva install today, but I think I will put that off and do Gutsy. I will let you know if their external support is any better. Never could get my 22 widescreen resolution right in Feisty.

jrcarter
jrcarter

Oh, about one week. I've been in the IT indistry (Client Services and Networking) for over 10 years. Absolute whiz at every MS OS clean back to DOS 1.x (except server). Gawd I'm sick of it! Decided to load Ubuntu Feisty Fawn 7.04 last weekend (also loaded and gave a 30 minute test drive of Mandriva and Suse before reloading and sticking with Ubuntu (obviously for rookies (grin))). The fun part for me is figuring out how to load drivers for certain periphs, like my webcam and BT mouse. I'm finding info, but just not finding time to school myself in this. I'm sure I'll catch on quick and look forward to calling myself an expert by this time next year. Glad I'm only a week into it, though. I'll start over with v7.10 this weekend! :-)

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