Ubuntu 8.10 Released

Ubuntu LogoWell, as the countdown I posted on the blog should be indicating, Ubuntu 8.10 Intrepid Ibex was released today.

I’m always quick to nab new updates and try out the new stuff, so I upgraded my PC straight away, and the good news is that so far it seems to have been a painless process. The new Gnome theme feels a little more polished, but other than the general stability I’ve not played with it much. Of course, given that previous upgrades have tended to break something (the 7.xx series tended to break my sound, fortunately something that the 8.xx series has fixed), the main thing for me is the upgrade has been smooth. The only bit of weirdness so far is that the window title bars sometimes go a bit weird on me, but there’s nothing major going wrong.

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  1. I’ve finally gotten around to testing this new version, though, as I didn’t want to resize any partitions (due to not really having time to dedicate upon it what with moving files around and the risk of file loss), with Wubi.

    The Wubi installer has been something that has impressed me very much with it’s ability to seamlessly integrate Ubuntu into a Windows machine, altering Window’s very own boot menu to include the Ubuntu boot option thus removing any need to install boot or even touch the Master Boot Record. Another little wonder is that full un-installation is still under half a minute. All the uninstall program does (within Windows) is delete the addition to the Win boot menu and then delete the Ubuntu virtual disk. Clean, efficient and fast. Much easier when opposed to the sometimes lengthy process of resizing and removing partitions after an uninstall.

    Seeing that 8.10 was out and that the Wubi team had already updated their program to accommodate this, I downloaded the Wubi installer (which is under a megabyte), entered my details, and let it work it’s magic.

    I’m very impressed with this version of Ubuntu, specifically in it’s hardware autodetection. Whereas with 8.04 (with both Wubi and LiveCD installs) my laptop’s screen and graphics card was not detected, leading to a completely blank screen upon bootup and my having to plug in an external monitor, boot up with that attached and manually select a graphics driver that worked, 8.10 found it perfectly and I had no issues other than having to set the resolution to it’s proper setting. This laptop has a native resolution of 1280 by 800, Ubuntu decided to put it at something much higher, but I was able to change it without resorting to external monitors.

    Wireless works perfectly and I was able to access my windows files easily by creating a launcher to ‘/host’ and then I simply transferred my Firefox profile.

    In addition, codecs seem to be better, Div x files seem much clearer when full screened than they did with the codecs searched and found by 8.04, when they pixelated when the window was enlarged before.

    All in all, I’m very happy with this Ubuntu version. ^^

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  2. I know what you mean about the Wubi installer. I previously used it on my own laptop and it is incredibly impressive.

    It is great to see Ubuntu developing these ways for people to try Linux without affecting their Windows installation.

    I’m definitely going to have to get Interpid installed on my laptop. The big sticking point for me over the last few releases has been my wifi not working, so I’m hoping this new network manager does the trick.

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