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What's on tap for Intrepid Ibex?


With Hardy Heron due in April -- it will be the next long-term support version -- Canonical is already setting priorities for the next offering, Intrepid Ibex. According to the Ubuntu folk, as reported by News.com:

"A particular focus for us will be pervasive Internet access, the ability to tap into bandwidth whenever and wherever you happen to be," said Canonical Chief Executive Mark Shuttleworth in an e-mail announcement of Intrepid Ibex, also known as version 8.10. "We want you to be able to move from the office, to the train, and home, staying connected all the way."

In other desktop Linux news, Adobe is looking for a few good Linux users to help test the "pre-beta" version of AIR for Linux, "a cross-platform runtime for delivering Rich Internet Applications to the desktop." Finally, they are moving beyond Windows and Mac. Are you brave enough to be a tester?

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4 comments
jlwallen
jlwallen

hibernate on laptops WEP support i know, i know...people will spout that it does work but i have yet to get WEP working with an atheros chipset!

brian.mills
brian.mills

Hibernate on laptops working properly is a must. My laptop runs hot (on cold days I can warm my hands on my laptop) so I like to kick it into a low-power setting when I'm not using it. Under Windows XP, it was no problem. Shut the lid and it goes into standby. With Ubuntu Gutsy, setting it to anything more powersaving than just shutting off the screen makes it lock up, and I have to do a hard reset to get back in. The lack of any decent power saving also means I have to power down before taking my laptop anywhere. Again, under Windows, I could just shut the lid and leave it on battery all day without draining it, but between the heat and lack of power-saving ability, I don't dare do that under Linux. It's a power-hungry gaming laptop, so I only get a little over an hour per charge, so traveling very far means power down first. As far as WEP support, I've never messed with that. I've only worked with wireless on two Linux systems, and both of them worked flawlessly on my WPA2-encrypted network.

catseverywhere
catseverywhere

Centralized management... like Mandriva's "mcc?" If you haven't seen it, try the Mandriva One live CD. It comes with about 40% of the control mechanisms mcc has available to it. If you install Mandriva and add a package called "drakwizard" you get the rest of the goodies. And what's wrong with webmin? Or are you talking about some other kind of "centralized management?" Everything in mcc works near perfect with the 2008 release. Going back a few years a lot of the interface was little more than a cruel joke. But Mandriva has just about perfected it all with 2008. And to my knowledge atheros is one of the more Linux friendly chip sets out there. I went out of my way to get a PCMCIA card with atheros, and on every distro I tried, it worked out of the box. Even the minimalistic Slax picked it right up. WEP, WPA, doesn't matter. You sure that thing is even working, Jack? =)

Dumphrey
Dumphrey

compiz/fusion listed as an OPTION during install, it craps out with the binary ati driver, has to be uninstalled, reinstalled and reconfigured if you do not want a black screen. Other then that, I would like to see somr movement towards building a central managment interface (much like YAST). Mint Linux has started something similar, but not to the same level of detail.

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