Ubuntu 7.04

It is hard to believe that Ubuntu is already releasing another milestone but that is pretty much how Linux works…every few weeks there is something new. This version, named Feisty Fawn Herd 1, is just a pre-release to test out some of the new things that will be integrated in Ubuntu 7.04 when it is available in April of 2007. I just love the names that they pick for their releases…they are pretty, um, unique.

The changes aren’t that noticeable but there are two new games (chess and sodoku) along with a cool hard drive visualization utility that are all pictured above. Other than that there is a lot of under-the-hood work that you won’t notice while using this release.

Similarly there are “Herd 1″ versions of Kubuntu and Edubuntu available for download.

The Herd images are known to be reasonably free of showstopper CD build or installer bugs, while representing very current snapshots of Feisty. You can download it here, for Ubuntu, Kubuntu and Edubuntu respectively:
http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/releases/feisty/herd-1/ (Ubuntu)
http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/kubuntu/releases/feisty/herd-1/ (Kubuntu)
http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/edubuntu/releases/feisty/herd-1/ (Edubuntu)

With most Linux Distributions I am a fan of the KDE interface but choosing between Ubuntu/Kubuntu makes me lean toward Ubuntu. There is something about the brown interface, simple layout, and enormous number of guides that really makes me love using it. Kubuntu doesn’t have the same sense of warmth but overall I am still partial to the OpenSuse distribution. It is a little disappointing that there hasn’t been many versions of Linux that try to make it easy for users to activate the XGL/Compiz but I’m sure that will come with time.

You can find out more about the changes in Ubuntu here and the changes in Kubuntu here in case you want to know about the nitty gritty.

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