Archive for October, 2007

Less Interesting things you probably already know about Ubuntu 7.10 Gutsy Gibbon (beta).

October 16, 2007

I thought I’d share some of the more less interesting things about Ubuntu 7.10 Gutsy and Features that everyone probably knows about. Most of these new features are not Ubuntu specific but more so new features of Gnome 2.20.0 release.

I have been running Ubuntu 7.10 Gutsy (beta) for little over a week now. The first thing I noticed was the built-in stock icons were updated so Rhythmbox does not look as ugly as it used to. The lyrics plugin in the new release of Rhythmbox, the default Music Player in Ubuntu, also now allows you to choose where you get you lyrics from which is awesome due to leoslyrics problems recently.

Quite a few extra shortcuts have also been placed under the places menu, such as Video, Music and Pictures have been added.

Tomboy a note taking application in Gnome now allows for synchronization of notes between workstations via ssh or WebDAV, which I think is pretty cool.

Tracker is a deskbar search applet which appears to be lighter and faster than beagle was added to the desktop as well.

Sudo now has a sudo tag infront of sudo’s password request:

me@somehwere:~$ sudo apt-cache show syslinux
[sudo] password for me:

As we all know Gaim has been renamed to Pidgin and newer features such as support for even more IM’s have been added.
We also now have a graphical configuration tool for X which for some reason does not work well with my setup.

The control panels in Gnome have been trimmed down. Compiz-Fusion is available by default in Gutsy. The ‘compizconfig-settings-manager’ package, which is located in the ‘universe’ repository is quite usefull too if you dont want to go about messin round with gconf-editor to tweak your desktop effects.

Amongst other things such as the stock kernel featuring dynticks, the fully automatic printer detection, Profile based authentication configuration, The fast user switching utillity which also alows you to leave a message for users who’ve locked their screens. Users will then be notified upon unlocking. Allot of software was updated such as OpenOffice to 2.3 and GIMP to 2.4. Even Firefox 3 (beta) is available in the repositorie:

me@somehere:~$ sudo apt-cache search firefox-granparadiso-gnome-support firefox-granparadiso
firefox-granparadiso-gnome-support – dummy upgrade package for firefox-granparadiso -> firefox-3.0

I think Gutsy has overcome allot of new user barriers. Only 2 more days left till the release of Ubuntu 7.10 Gutsy Gibbon!

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