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)
Ship it : Order Ubuntu 7.10 Now! Free

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

Ubuntu 7.10 Release Candidate

The Release Candidate version of the upcoming Ubuntu 7.10 (codename Gutsy Gibbon) was released a few minutes ago. This RC comes with the brand new GNOME 2.20 desktop environment, new 3D desktop effects and many improvements: “The Ubuntu developers are hurrying to bring you the absolute latest and greatest software that the open source and free software communities have to offer. This is the Ubuntu 7.10 release candidate, which brings a host of excellent new features. We consider this release candidate to be complete, stable and suitable for testing by any user. The final stable version will be released in October 2007.”

What’s new in Ubuntu 7.10 RC

  • GNOME 2.20
  • Compiz Fusion is now enabled by default. Ubuntu 7.10 will automatically detect if your hardware is capable of running Compiz Fusion.
  • Fast user switching allows you to easily switch between multiple user sessions without the hustle of entering the username and password.

  • New Features for Firefox
  • Apt-Enabled Plugin Finder Wizard

  • Extension Manager integration

  • 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;

  • Your printer will be automatically installed once it’s plugged in. It couldn’t be easier than that!

  • Restricted Drivers Manager can now handle non-free device drivers. With no more than 3 mouse clicks you will be able to install firmware for wireless cards with Broadcom chipsets, and for a number of Winmodems commonly found in laptops;

  • More battery life for your laptop provided to you by the latest Linux kernel, featuring dynticks.
  • NTFS reading and writing will be enable by default in Gutsy Gibbon with the help of the NTFS-3G application.
  • AppArmor security framework is an easy-to-deploy kernel technology that will limit resources an application is allowed to access and will add a layer of protection against undiscovered security vulnerabilities.
  • Mail Server, File Server, Print Server, and Database Server installations are now available for the Ubuntu Server CD.
  • Profile-based Authentication Configuration powered by the AuthClientConfig application.
  • Improved thin-client support by using compressed images and LDM. Autologin, multiple servers, and unencrypted graphics transport are just some of the new features you will find in the thin-client login manager included in Edubuntu.

Ubuntu 7.10 release schedule:

  • June 7th – Tribe CD 1 (first alpha release)
  • June 28st – Tribe CD 2 (second alpha release)
  • July 19th – Tribe CD 3 (third alpha release)
  • August 9th – Tribe CD 4 (fourth alpha release)
  • August 23rd – Tribe CD 5 (fifth alpha release)
  • September 27th – Beta Release
  • October 11th – Release Candidate
  • October 18th – Final Release

Download : Announcing the Release Candidate for Ubuntu 7.10 | Ubuntu

Mandriva 2008 Released!

Mandriva 2008 has arrived today and it brings new software, innovations, improvements and a little bit of magic to the Linux world: “The result of six months of heavy development and testing, 2008 includes all the latest software and many enhancements over previous Mandriva Linux releases. You will find KDE 3.5.7 and the new GNOME 2.20 already integrated, a solid kernel 2.6.22.9 with fair scheduling support, OpenOffice.org 2.2.1, cutting-edge 3D-accelerated desktop courtesy of Compiz Fusion 0.5.2, Mozilla Firefox 2.0.0.6, and everything else you’ve come to expect from the latest Mandriva Linux release.”

Through the major software components that can be found in this new release are:

  • Kernel 2.6.22.9
  • GNOME 2.20
  • KDE 3.5.7
  • KDE 4 preview
  • Compiz Fusion 0.5.2
  • OpenOffice.org 2.2.1
  • Mozilla Firefox 2.0
  • Mozilla Thunderbird 2.0
  • GCC 4.2


The Mandriva installer received some numerous fixes and improvements, such as:

  • Revised hardware detection system
  • Support for modular IDE drivers and new libata stack
  • Package selection
  • UUID support
  • Faster operations on partitions
  • Package management
  • Chroot environments
  • Suggested packages
  • New menu layout

The following hardware components are now better supported in Mandriva 2008:

  • NVIDIA Geforce 8400, 8500 and 8600 series graphics cards
  • Intel 4965AGN wireless chipsets
  • Intel Santa Rosa drive controllers
  • ATI SB700 chipset motherboards
  • Many newer onboard sound devices using the High Definition Audio codec, particularly on motherboards using Intel chipsets
  • Wacom Graphire and Intuos tablet input devices
  • Realtek 8187 USB and ZyDAS ZD1211/ZD1211B USB wireless controllers

Moreover, the following drivers and firmware are also available in this release:

  • Broadcom wireless adapters
  • Alternative open source drivers for ATI graphics cards
  • RandR 1.2 support in X.org
  • Default NTFS write support
  • Support for the Belgian eID card
  • Changes to TV card support
  • Kernel source and headers
  • CFQ scheduler
  • AppArmor
  • Modular IDE drivers
  • New devicescape wireless stack

Other improvements that can be found in Mandriva 2008 are:

  • Liberation fonts included
  • Main pages now compressed with LZMA
  • X Font Server no longer used
  • New development package naming policy
  • Compiz Fusion replaces Beryl
  • Services no longer restarted when updating glibc

Mandriva 2008 is available in the following editions:

  • One is a single CD edition which includes the latest proprietary drivers, available for download free of charge. It can be run as a live CD as well as installed to the hard disk.
  • Powerpack is a DVD edition which includes support, services and important third-party proprietary software like LinDVD, Cedega, the Fluendo multimedia codecs, Flash Player, Scilab and 03 Spaces.
  • Free is a 3-CD / 1-DVD edition made up entirely of free / open source software, without any of the non-free software bundled with other editions. It is available for download free of charge.

Download : Download | Mandriva

Order Ubuntu 7.10 Now! Free

If you are anxious to get your hands on some nice CDs with Ubuntu Gutsy as soon as possible, then you should pre-order them from Ubuntu’s ShipIt service, FREE of charge. They have already started taking the orders, so hurry up!

If you want to count the days until your shipment is sent – something that will happen on 18 this month, when Gutsy Gibbon is released – you can get a nice script, to show it on your website. After you get the countdown script, you can even modify it to look the way you want. Each day the image will change, counting the days remaining until the release of Ubuntu 7.10 Gutsy Gibbon.

Although many of you have downloaded the Beta release of Gutsy, I am sure that there will be some more changes until the final product gets on the market. In a few days, to be more exact on 11th October, a Release Candidate will be launched and we can take a look on how the almost-final version will be. I have already ordered now its yor turn Baah you are still reading it go get it ordered :)

Order Now : https://shipit.ubuntu.com/
For Beta Thread : Ubuntu 7.10 Beta Released
For Help Regarding Ordering : http://www.techenclave.com/forums/ub…ree-91434.html

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