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Saturday, October 20, 2007

Ubuntu 7.10 Gutsy Gibbon Review

Price: free

The new Ubuntu release, 7.10 Gutsy Gibbon, is a wonderful improvement over Feisty Fawn (7.04) and ready enough to be able to start fighting Windows and give end-users a choice.

The following new features I think are the best:
  • the computer auto-hibernates after being left on for a certain period of time
  • after coming back from locking the screen, if you don't know the user's password, you can leave them a message
  • screen resolutions are better
  • tracker (spotlight-like search tool, but with links to Wikipedia, Google, etc. and not just your files); it can be accessed through Alt+F3
  • I don't use this feature much but it's useful - fast user switching
  • an all-in-one appearance preferences
  • Add/Remove Applications is easier to use
  • automatic printer recognition (works very well, might I add - I hooked up a printer and it was recognized in 12 seconds; mind you - this is a 1.3 GHz machine from 2001)
  • Pidgin over GAIM (much better interface)
  • WINE has it's own cool little start-menu thing under "Applications"
  • preset Documents, Pictures, and Videos folders in home
  • better built-in help documentation
  • Gimp 2.4 release candidate (easier access to features)
  • OpenOffice 2.3 branded with the Ubuntu logo
  • specialized Ubuntu add-ons for Firefox (Ubufox)
  • when using sudo in the terminal, instead of just asking for the password it says "[sudo] password for *****" where ***** is the user name
there are many more new features, but those are the main ones that stand out, especially the screen resolution one. I haven't been able to find any bugs yetIf you haven't tried Gutsy yet, download it now!


Anonymous said...

Also, wireless cards are automatically set up and work a lot better than previously. Ditto with graphics cards (for 3D functionality). This release is incredibly coherent and much tidier than before.

Anonymous said...

ATI graphics cards can't suspend or hibernate, and doing a restart sometimes freezes the screens. Also, the driver support is not across all versions of this distro (kubuntu, Xubuntu, Edubuntu, etc). I have it installed on an Acer laptop, and the wireless works out of the box with gnome, but with nothing else. but does not in any other distro. Good distro, though, it's causing me the least headache compared to some of the serious troubles with other distro's I've tried.