Sunday, November 16, 2008

Upgraded to Ubuntu 8.10!


I'm weeks late, but it's better late than never. I've upgraded my OS to Ubuntu 8.10 Intrepid Ibex. So far, so good. Ubuntu has exceeded my expectations.

The new features include:

  • 3G Support
  • Writing and Installing Ubuntu using a USB stick (instead of the more laborious CD method)
  • Guest Sessions (this one's for added security. If a friend wants to borrow my computer, I can just click on "Guest," and I'm automatically protected from anything he might do to my system.)
  • And many more.

I've read wonderful reviews about the new Ubuntu release. Here's one from Lifehacker who writes:

Ubuntu 8.10 leaves all previous releases standing in the dirt.

Most applications that come with the package have also been updated. A notable improvement is on GIMP, now upgraded to the 2.6 release, which uses a single taskbar for all its windows:

It features a dedicated document window (the layer, brushes etc. windows are now referred to as docks). To be blunt, I never thought I'd see the day when this happened. I thought pigs would have to fly, or that something crazy would have to happen—like the Dow dropping below 10,000 in a single day.

Finally, IT Cast Channel enumerates some reasons for giving Ubuntu a try:

  • It boots in less than 30 seconds.
  • It shuts down in less than 10 seconds.
  • In four months, it has never crashed.
  • Everything, and I mean everything is faster.
  • Canonical releases major updates every 6 months, not every 6 years.
  • It’s free.



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