Ubuntu 7.10 Is Here: Get it now !

Ubuntu 7.10 (Gutsy Gibbon) was released a few minutes ago, and it’s my deepest pleasure to introduce you guys to the new features to be found in this version of Ubuntu (which is based on the GNOME desktop environment) and also to the features from Kubuntu (same as Ubuntu, but based on the popular KDE desktop environment).

The latest and greatest GNOME 2.20 which contains many new features and improvements.

Compiz Fusion will be activated by default, immediately after you install the video drivers for your graphics card.

Ubuntu (7.04 Feisty Fawn) introduced a new fantastic function, that immediately tried to find all the necessary video and audio codecs when you wanted to view a video file with Totem; today however, you will get all the necessary codecs with a single mouse click. How? With the Ubuntu restricted extras package that can be found in the Add/Remove Programs application.

Even for the AMD64/EMT64 architecture, it is now very easy to install the Adobe Flash Player 9 with a single mouse click!

Fast user switching is a brand new function, implemented in Ubuntu 7.10, and which will help you easily switch between user sessions without the inconvenience of entering your username or password numerous times.

 

  • Dynamic screen configuration including dynamic monitor detection, and resizing and rotating of the video output is included in this Beta release.
  • Graphical configuration tool for X that allows you to set up dual monitors, change the default resolution for all users or change your monitor’s refresh rate without having to turn to the terminal;

Universe and Multiverse repositories are enabled by default now, so you don’t have to go and enable them when you follow a guide to install something, or to install your favorite applications.

There’s a new search known as Desktop Search , and it’s called Tracker. It allows quick access to your common actions, including opening web bookmarks and searches, sending messages to your contacts, and more. Tracker makes your life easier, as it provides faster search for your documents, music, videos, photos, chat logs, and many other files.

This new version of Ubuntu, expect improved NTFS writing to be enabled by default, power consumption to be very kind with your laptop (more battery life and burn-free laps), encrypted hard disks and AppArmor security framework, the new kernel technology that limits the resources an application is allowed to access.

Download: Ubuntu 7.10 (Gutsy Gibbon)
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KDE 4.0 Beta 3 Released!

KDE 4 is the next generation of the popular KDE Desktop Environment which seeks to fulfill the need for a powerful yet easy to use desktop for both personal and enterprise computing. The aim of the KDE project for the 4.0 release is to put the foundations in place for future innovations on the Free Desktop. The many newly introduced technologies incorporated in the KDE libraries will make it easier for developers to add rich functionality to their applications, combining and connecting different components in any way they want.

The BIC was necessary for a specific set of changes in kdelibs:

  • The new KConfig
  • KIO::JobFlags changes
  • kdeprint lib, kprint dialogs changes
  • KSSL changes (if there are any)
  • Bugfixes
  • Dox

There was also a set of changes planed for the BIC kdebase wise:

  • Panel
  • Kickoff
  • Background/wallpaper

This Beta has mostly been focussing on finalizing the design of the libraries in preparation for the release of the KDE Development Platform. Yet, many user-visible changes have gotten in as well. While new features and usability improvements were added, bugs were found and fixed in KDE and the stability of Beta 3 has improved much compared to the previous Betas. In the following sections, we will try to highlight some visible improvements in Beta 3 compared to Beta 2. Since work has been done all over KDE, please note that this is not a complete overview of all changes!

Source : K Desktop Environment – KDE 4.0 Beta 3 Release Announcement

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