After weeks of preparation the Ubuntu team is expected to release version 6.10 (Edgy Eft) on Thursday. I have been using a pre-release version of Ubuntu 6.10 for the last week and it seems to be working very well. I had to upgrade the version of Firefox 2 and OpenOffice because newer versions have emerged but other than that everything went smoothly.
Here are some of the things that are expected to be in Ubuntu 6.10:
- New theme and bootup splash screen
- Tomboy – used for note-taking
- F-spot – photo manager
- Firefox 2
- OpenOffice 2.0.4
As this release of Ubuntu wraps up we also need to start thinking about the future. The next version will be 7.04 and should be available in April of 2007, which is right on their 6-month release schedule. Here is a little bit of information that was sent out via Ubuntu’s mail list regarding version 7.04:
In the next cycle we’ll expand on the brand new infrastructure that has landed in Edgy as well as branching out in some exciting new directions…
The main themes for feature development in this release will be improvements to hardware support in the laptop, desktop and high-end server market, and aggressive adoption of emerging desktop technologies. Ubuntu’s Feisty release will put the spotlight on multimedia enablement and desktop effects. We expect this to be a very gratifying release for both users and developers. Detailed planning will take place at the developer summit next month in Mountain View, California. Please join us there to help shape the Feisty Fawn!
From the sounds of it their primary focus is going to be on hardware compatibility which is one of the things that holds many people back from switching to Linux. However, they also mention “desktop effects” and the first thing that popped into my mind when I read that was XGL. That would be really nice if they made it easy for all Ubuntu users to enable XGL without any configuration necessary.
Like always I can’t wait to see what specific features Ubuntu 7 will be bringing but in the mean time I seem to be content with what 6.10 has to offer.
News Source: OSDir.com