Review of Ubuntu 7.10 (gutsy) new features and changes

Some little sweets

Ubuntu 7.10 (gutsy) screenshots
Deskbar applet File browser image rotation
Deskbar applet File browser image rotation

Startup and shutdown screens won’t blink any more and desktop should now appear seamlessly. Design theme received some minor updates: few pixels altered in mouse cursors to make them more eye pleasant. Evolution is now displaying popup notifications in the tray on messages arrivals. Image thumbnails in the file manager are rotated automatically if they were taken by a camera. Buttons in the windows list applet in Ubuntu 7.10 now keep their initial size in case their titles change – for example when the user selects a different tab in the web browser. A very impressive Deskbar applet is now initially activated. Microsoft ntfs file system support is available for reading and writing by default (provided by ntfs-3g driver using FUSE). Additional set of utilities for ntfs manipulation (such as format, resize, undelete and etc.) is accessible via “ntfsprogs” package.

Compiz Fusion – Desktop Effects

Compiz Fusion in Ubuntu screenshots
Compiz config settings manager Resize of maximized window
Compiz config
settings manager
Resize of maximized window

Yes, it has finally happened – Compiz Fusion is now enabled by default on all supported platforms in Ubuntu 7.10 release! That is the most awaited feature since the first announcement of the technology. Now it is labeled as stable and is believed to work well straight out of the box or after setting up a proper driver (in my case it was a simple checkbox activation in ‘Restricted Drivers Manager’ tool and reboot of the computer). There are three pre-configured levels of special effects settings: ‘No effects’, ‘Normal effects’ and ‘Extra effects’. You can select one of them at the ‘Appearance’ dialog in the ‘Preferences’ group of the ‘System’ menu. To get an additional interface with much greater tweaking possibilities, you can install ‘compizconfig-settings-manager’ package, which is located in the ‘universe’ repository. This will bring ‘Advanced Desktop Effects Settings’ interface at the same place in the ‘System’ menu.

Screen, Graphics and Driver Preferences

Screenshots of Gutsy display setup utility
Choose of graphics card driver Screen and graphics preferences
Choose of graphics card driver Screen and graphics preferences

The often complained necessity to tune video configuration through the ‘xorg.cfg’ file manually is not mandatory any more. Since the Ubuntu gutsy there is a way to set the majority of important properties through a user friendly interface. These options include: video card driver, screen resolution, frequency and type settings. And the best thing is that X server restart is not essential any more (no reboot or even logout) to test and apply changes. Moreover, there are two types of configuration: one is for the whole system and the second one is for an individual user and requires no administrative priviledges.

In addition to the graphics configuration there is a trick to make the X bullet proof. User now should always get an X session even if there is misfortune with a driver configuration. System initially tries to set up the X with settings from the xorg.cfg file. In case of a failure it tries to kick up a reduced VESA mode in 800×600 pixels by 256 colors or VGA 640×480 pixels by 16 colors for the next attempt. Read more about BulletProofX in Ubuntu gutsy.

The old annoying issue, with the unexpected system failure to start a normal graphical session in case of insufficient disk space, has finally got a workaround. User will receive a warning message well before the space runs out and a chance to to do a clean up.

Desktop search

Tracker search in Ubuntu gutsy screenshots
Tracker search tool interface Tracker 'Open File' dialog integration
Tracker search tool interface Tracker ‘Open File’
dialog integration

Tracker is a new desktop search engine and is now available for Ubuntu gutsy. It is installed by default instead of BeagleTracker is an indexing search engine and is written in plain C. This should decrease the amount of dependencies and improve the speed of content indexing. There is an interface named ‘Tracker Search Tool’ which provides a navigation over the indexed content. It displays additional information about each indexed entry displayed in search results. “Open file” dialog received a search field and it operates using the Tracker‘s index. It is available in Gtk based applications like gedit, OpenOffice and Gimp.

Printing service changes

Screenshots of new printing subsystem in Ubuntu
'Pinter added' popup � Printer configuration dialog
‘Pinter added’ popup � Printer configuration dialog

Previous versions of Ubuntu are known for nice and user friendly printer setup interface. It is much more pleasant than the original Cups interface in plain html. Now the distribution development team made a major step forward in Ubuntu 7.10. Hotplugged USB printers are going to be detected automatically by the system, and ready to accept jobs.

Another great thing is a bundled virtual PDF printer. It makes it possible to generate PDF documents from all non Gnome applications like Firefox, Gimp, Rhythmbox and other.

Free flash player

The Ubuntu 7.10 gets gnash – a free and open source version of the flash player. I’ve started using it since the early summer of 2007, and it showed a nice ability to play youtube videos and some banners. It would also be a choice for whom a closed source Adobe Flash Player made the browser to hang. Since testing it for a several months, it has never made my browser to halt even for a second. But disappointment came since middle of the September, when youtube made some updates and gnash lost his ability to play video. Waiting with a hope for a soon update of the player…

Firefox

Firefox plugin detection in Ubuntu screenshots
Firefox plugin installer � http://tech.tolero.org/gutsy-review-images/Firefox playing Nelson Mandela speech on youtube
Firefox plugin installer � Firefox playing Nelson Mandela
speech on youtube

A third (currently alpha) version of the Firefox browser named ‘Gran Paradiso’ is included into the ‘universe’ repository. If installed, it will settle aside of the stable application, even using own settings directory at the home folder. Thanks to a numerous efforts from the developers, browser promises to be less heavy in memory than its predecessor version, and especially if you’re running it for a long time. Web services now can be used as a handlers for different file types. For example, in the stable version of a browser, web handler can be associated for only a one file type – RSS news subscription. This feature will provide a possibility for the sites to register handlers for a types other than RSS. In addition, the new type handling configuration system will be provided. Download manager will be reworked in terms of interface and bonus functionality such as interoperability with virus and malware scanners. Also will be added a possibility to resume an incomplete downloads even if the browser has been reopened. Identity manager will ask to save a password after the user will be sure of a successful login try. Many changes are coming to ‘Bookmarks’ handling. The some of them are: ability to sync stored links to a web service like the del.icio.us; protection against bookmarks lost; the easy way to export bookmarks; performance improvements. Browser will get an ability to track individual site settings, like a font zoom. Refer to the ‘Firefox 3 Requirements Document ‘ for an ongoing progress.

A stable version a browser also got improvement. And this time it is a distribution specific support for automated plugin installation through a package manager. For example, when web page will require a flash player, Firefox window with a suitable plugins list will contain a two options: the Gnash Flash Player and the Adobe Flash Player, both of them will be installed using a package manager (the last one will additionally perform a download from an Adobe site). That is first time the ability to install a flash player came by a proper way in a comfortable manner.

Gimp 2.4

Gimp 2.4 - Background Select Tool
Gimp 2.4 – Background Select Tool

So long awaited version update of the Gimp is now available at the Ubuntu gutsy. The icons set has been totally changed, to became better looking with a different Gnome themes and even with a Kde and Xfce desktop environments. All types of brushes are now scalable, including bitmapped and tubed kinds. Completely rewritten selection tool brings such stuff as rounded rectangular selector, resizing of existing selections, and a simplified using of curved selection. The new ‘foreground select tool’ makes it possible to identify object edges by mapping it surrounding background area, which leads you to the perfectly selected object. Some improvements been done for a better handling of alternative file formats, such as Adobe Photoshop PSD, and Vista icons. More information can be found at the official Gimp 2.4 release notes page.

OpenOffice 2.3

OpenOffice Calc - new diagram
OpenOffice Calc – new diagram

Almost half a year passed since 2.2 release of the OpenOffice suit. The new 2.3 version is now out and shipped with the Ubuntu gutsy. The most significant update touched a diagrams module: from the new Diagram Master to a flexible selection of the axis parameters and the data sources. Writer got an ability to export into a MediaWiki format. Calc menus and dialogs were touched for a better fill and the support of external file formats received an enhancement. Much speed improvement of the Impress, presentation building instrument.

The kernel and the basics

Ubuntu gutsy steps forward by two versions of the Linux kernel, from 2.6.20 on to 2.6.22. One of the significant improvements is the ‘tickless’ idle loop which unifies the timer handling and makes the kernel more power efficient. That is a measurable for a notebook owners because it can reduce a power consumption up to 25%. Improved ‘Virtual Machine Interface’ makes paravirtualization better (in future) when running under supporting it hypervisors like Xen and Vmware. A completely new ‘Wireless Stack’ and ‘FireWire stack’ are now in the kernel, bringing new compatibilities and drivers, and losing some old because of the portability issue. Check the ‘Linux Kernel Newbies’ articles for additional information about 2.6.21 and 2.6.22 versions.

In addition to “vanilla” updates, there is a collaboration between the Canonical and the Intel. The goals are to made a distribution much more efficient in terms of a processor usage. Intel‘s PowerTop utility is used to track a glitches in a software and to help to made patches to reduce a power consumption. As the Intel‘s leading software engineer Arjan Van de ven said, they already made a numerous amount of patches and expect a half of them to be in use at the upcoming Ubuntu gutsy. The test run of such patches on the ThinkPad T61 showed a reduce of a power hungry from 23.3 watts on the ‘standard install’ to 15.6 on optimized, what is as much as 33%. However it is not clear, what is the ‘standard install’ exactly and how resulting 33% efficiency intersects with kernel ‘tickless’ improvement. Follow to the APC comments on Intel’s San Francisco Developer Forums for further information.

Conclusion

Distribution update confuse
Distribution update confuse

As always, new version of Ubuntu is better than previous. But probably this version did the most powerful step forward than any other. I will strongly recommend my friend, who is using another operating system, to settle on the Ubuntu gutsy now, because most of the major barriers for newbies are gone. During testing run of the gutsy I have met only one confusing case. It was during installation of updates, when Update manager opened a terminal emulator frame. It was unclear even to me, what should I do next: just wait, because it was just an information message or type something in. In real, I have simply to hit the ‘Enter’ button.

66 Comments

  1. Flashstar says:

    Excellent review! Even though Gutsy isn’t final yet, I really like how you have summed up practically all of the major changes in the latest version of Ubuntu. I too ran into the “enter” glitch, but I’m sure that this problem will be solved by the time that the final build is out. Thanks

  2. frank says:

    i been using fiesty for a while and im reallly really excited about gutsy, i put the gusty kernel on my fiesty and it feeels good. fantastic review screenshots are helpful lots of information, found you on ubuntuforums good good good

  3. steve says:

    “update confuse”:
    It’s quite easy if you read the text. It first told you which services might need a restart and in the next step asked you which do you want to restart.
    So a possible answer could be “xscreensaver gnome-screensaver xlockmore”, but you’re rigth, it might have been better if it would have automatically restarted them instead of asking …

  4. Ben says:

    I’m looking forward to install Gusty, I tried to install one of the betas but x kept crashing so I’m going to wait for the final release. It is very cool to hear whats going on with the Linux kernel, and open source drivers.

  5. jo momma says:

    i guess it will be a good system, if they can fix the ~30000 open bugs by the time of the release, which i seriously doubt

  6. Wagner Volanin says:

    This latest release of Gutsy is turning up to be really fine, but the default wallpaper shipped with it is receiving quite a lot of negative criticism. There is a petition online to replace the current default wallpaper (known as Brown Fluid) for the amazing Animal Series wallpapers. You can check the wallpapers and read more about it here: http://www.petitiononline.com/gutsy710/petition.html , and if you agree with what’s being proposed, please digg it here: http://digg.com/linux_unix/Online_Petition_Change_default_wallpaper_in_next_Ubuntu_version , so that more people can participate.

  7. anonymous says:

    i must agree. gutsy is even better than one could reasonably imagine from a free operating system. it is clearly better than any windowx box, and i would easily argue it is better than osX. congratulations to the whole gang who work on it. Kudos!!

  8. Klaus Paiva says:

    I’m using Gutsy now and the new GIMP version is really good.
    Some tools now work just like Photoshop, it’s very good for those experienced with Photoshop. :D

  9. jo momma says:

    lolz , u noob,

    check the launchpad, there are more than 30000 open bugs

  10. Albert says:

    but the most important feature (even if not an upgrade/change)…
    .
    The cost $0

  11. chris says:

    I’ve been using the gutsy pre-release with compiz and it is great stuff. For the first time in years my computer feels like a computer again (in a good sci-fi kind of way) – not like a glorified xp steno pad. Anyway, I fall into the noob category and happily recommend ubuntu to anyone on the fence about switching.

  12. Leion says:

    Cool makes me wanna install on my laptop now!

  13. Ted Trujillo says:

    Thanks for the great review. Spot on with my experiences. Have been using Gutsy for a while now and pretty impressed. Trying Gran Paradiso now seems pretty fast and like the look. Gotta spend some more time getting Compiz to work. Haven’t had much luck on my 7600 or8800 Nvidia boards so far but I’m sure with a little love and care things will work out. Love Ubuntu and ditto with Gutsy.

    Ted

  14. jambarama says:

    Plus a graphical X configuration tool. Awn and avant will finally hit repos, and things will be good.

  15. hey there, came across your blog thru digg. I had a ques about ubuntu – is it a good alternative for windows, or still for progs?

    if its an alternative, how is the learning curve to get back into normal working if i install it? e.g installation, botting up, running it, playing games, etc etc

  16. joelle says:

    Are the linux fonts ugly or are they ugly?! ;)
    Who would wanna work with such fonts? Okay okay… you wanna wait another 10 years. :)

  17. engrish says:

    Wow that’s a lot of engrish. Half of that doesn’t even pass 3rd grade English Class.

  18. BrokenCrystal says:

    I agree that this update is confusing. It could/should have said, “PackageName has been installed, but it requires the computer to be restarted. Hit to restart your computer.”

  19. BrokenCrystal says:

    “Hit Enter to restart your computer.”

  20. jad says:

    I am very excited for this.

  21. Ben says:

    openSUSE 10.3 > Gusty

    Sure they are adding some nice things, but I must say, their KDE distribution (Kubuntu) isn’t being kept up to speed like the “Gnome” version in Ubuntu. They are putting in things that Novell’s openSUSE has had for years. Guess they have the fan boys..

  22. Fawn says:

    Will it include hdaps for hard disk protection on thinkpads?

  23. Koala Yeung says:

    What about upstart? Is the boot time improved?

  24. Petry says:

    I’m using the gutsy tribe 5 since last two weeks, it’s realy good! I had some problems with wireless, but int the last update (26-set) all working fine!

  25. Manoel B H Carvalho says:

    Ops… “Compiz Fision in Ubuntu screenshots”… It´s not “Fision”! :)

    Very nice report!

  26. Tastas says:

    ” i would easily argue it is better than osX.”

    hahaha very funny, no one who has used OSX for more than 20 minutes would say that

  27. burnz says:

    Cant wait… Interesting updates.

  28. mocoloco says:

    Thank you very much for this, I was looking for one place that would list all the major improvements and you’ve provided it. One error, the file is “xorg.conf” not “xorg.cfg”. It’s probably not that important since most users will never have to manually edit it again now!
    I’ve been working with OSX for some time and would agree there is much arguably better in Ubuntu 7.10.

  29. Jason Brower says:

    “hahaha very funny, no one who has used OSX for more than 20 minutes would say that”
    Thanks for the support… I like linux. I am very happy for this review… I hope to hear more reviews like this in the future. Perhaps even a nice way to compair proposed updates to what was actually finnished.
    As for the 30000 bugs, yes, there are alot. But that is what you get with an os with ALL the software it runs. And the are always getting fixed. Is there a paticular bug that is a problem for you that we can help you with? Infact, you can simply help yourself and fix the bug yourself or help others fix it.

  30. dave says:

    Great review. Just what I was looking for, no-nonsense technical review from the point of view of someone used to previous ubuntu version.

    Thanks!

  31. Dave Greiman says:

    Thanks for the review. Gonna snag it ASAP.

  32. Zac says:

    To River of Karma:

    I have been using Ubuntu for almost a year. I use Windows only about 10% of the time for a couple of programs and to keep the anti-virus software up to date. The rest of time it’s Ubuntu, 100% problem free, no hassles, the way it should be.

    Try it, and see if it works for you.

  33. New versions aside, most of the changes seem to be the first candidates for removal in my installations — compiz being the very first one.

  34. Penguin says:

    Amazing improvements. I remember when I was BETA testing Feisty, and I thought that was turning out awesome. I really think Ubuntu is one of the best renditions of Linux out there. Honestly, I dont like Gnome (esp. Nautilus) at all, but the Kernel and there mods are really awesome. I may end up running the buntu kernel and throwing XFCE-core on it. If Gnome would centralize all the options it removes with each release into a single GUI for advanced users, as well as either fix or completely rewrite the disastor that is Nautilus, then I would prolly run buntu in its stock form.

    To the Ubuntu crew out there, be it the devs or the BETA testing community, good job! The hard work is definitely showing :)

  35. diggmediggyou says:

    You can download the Tribe 1 pre-release for i386 machines from the project’s website. Alternatively, you can link directly to the 695MB CD ISO image for i386 machines or to the 699MB CD ISO for x86_64-bit machines.

    In addition to the Tribe 1 pre-release Ubuntu version, the project has also released alpha 1 CD images for Kubuntu, Edubuntu, and Xubuntu versions.

  36. DustBin says:

    Been using Gutsy Beta 1 as a live cd all day. No problems yet. Multimedia, printing, inet apps, OO.org, all seem to work fine. Gutsy is getting close to release, but there are a lot of open bugs, so I’m sure not everyone is having the lovefest with it that I am. Only one suggestion for improvement: 7.10 is very RAM heavy (180 Mb RAM on boot for me). Could a lot of the extra stuff (like tracker, deskbar, bluetooth support, etc) be added to an “Ubuntu extras” app similar to Add/Remove so that everyone wouldn’t have to suffer RAM bloat?

    -dB
    (K)Ubuntu, Debian, Mepis, Fedora, OpenSuSE user

  37. Eric says:

    Excellent overview of the new features. I’ve been tinkering with Gutsy on VirtualBox and it really is impressive. When it comes out in October, I’ll definitely be dual booting with it. It really is exciting to see how far Ubuntu (and Linux in general) have come over the past few years. Like Zac said, I’ve found that I enjoy using Ubuntu far more than I like Windows, and really only favor Windows when it comes to gaming from time to time.

  38. H-2-O says:

    “i would easily argue it is better than osX.”
    hahaha very funny, no one has used OSX in since 2000.

    Loser corporation = Loser sloperating system

  39. SP says:

    Excellent review for THE BEST PERSONAL COMPUTER OPERATING SYSTEM ON THE PLANET EARTH.

  40. alexej says:

    sorry to see the whole system is crashing at vga=794 (fb), Ctrl+Alt+Fx (while being at KDE session). It as been taking place at feisty, and now there are some issues at gutsy too. Also I hope they’ll check and clean all the deps realm before releasing 7.10. There are some moments too to point..in overall that is an excellent OS for newbies and also as a subsitute variant for debian, but it should be more polished. I would prefer to wait a month or two, than that stupid fighting with some faults of the ‘release’. For further info contact me by e-mail.

  41. manmath sahu says:

    there are all round improvements. but gutsy provide mp3, dvd, rar and ntfs support out of the box. please shed some light on this.

  42. Warmotor says:

    I’m still using Edgy, although I plan to upgrade when they officially release Gutsy. I’m not worried about the 30000 bugs (from an OS in beta), what they don’t fix before release will be taken care of by the ubuntu update system, which is far better than the Windows system btw.

    Funny to see all the subtle little digs by the other OS fanboys out there. I have to use XP, OSX and now Vista (what a piece of crap) every single day at work for 8+ hours at a time. When I get home I choose to use Linux and of the modern distros I like Ubuntu because aside from being reliable they make a real effor to simplify the things that can make Linux a pain.

    Since Linux and most software for it are free, when I need an app to do something I pull up a very complete list, click on what I want and a few seconds later I’m doing whatever task I needed to do. The commercial world of Windows and OSX will never, ever be able to make that claim, and eventually the rest of world catches on to the fact that they don’t have to spend:
    $100+ for windows
    $100+ for office
    $300+ for photoshop
    and so on and so forth…

    When this happens you’ll start to see the 800lb. gorilla having a hard time selling their overpriced, bloated, spying, genuine advantage DRM naziware and (god willing) we’ll all be using Linux. Probably Ubuntu.

    Oh yeah, and nice review :P

  43. renegadesx says:

    Cant wait. The amount of bugs present I hope they fix them in time.

  44. Chris Lees says:

    Gutsy does not provide MP3 or DVD support out-of-the-box as MP3 is patented, and DVD decryption is either licensed or illegal. Both are easy to add – if you can install the system, you can install DVD decryption (MP3 codec installation happens automatically). Free RAR support is included out-of-the-box but most people will want to install the unrar-nonfree package as it has better support. I’m not sure if NTFS is included out-of-the-box, but it is also easy to add.

  45. [...] myself and I think it should be quite a good release. Today thanks to Distrowatch, I have found a good overview of the upcoming features and improvements. What’s the main conclusion? Finally Visual Effects [...]

  46. Heinz says:

    Excellent review, Thanks.
    But what options do I have when a web page will require a flash player and I’m using the 64bit AMD version of Ubuntu? This seems to be a never ending story.
    Heinz

  47. Lusepuster says:

    “no one who has used OSX for more than 20 minutes would say that”

    I’ve used OS X Panther and Tiger for 3-4 years, and I’ll say modern GNU-desktops (Linux/Solaris/BSD-based) can compete. They’ve got their shortcomings compared to OS X, yes, but they have their clear advantages too.

  48. charlie says:

    Where do you change the resolution, video card?
    I installed the beta and I didn’t find it; the “new” screen to change it looks just like the old one. Is this something that is NOT available in the beta? Or, am I looking in the wrong place? I have an odd resolution, 1440 x 900 and I couldn’t change it to that. I did change it in the xconfig file except now I have a big black strip down the right side.
    And, yes, I have the refresh rate correct …

    thanks
    charlie

  49. Douglas says:

    Heinz, just install the 32 bit firefox and if you can’t then get automatix and it will do it for you.
    Douglas

  50. hazchem says:

    This is a really informed review of Gutsy and I appreciate how it gets straight to the point and avoids any waffle. The intended audience is for ppl who are already somewhat knowledgeable about Ubuntu (have been running previous versions) and for this audience it works very well.

    To the commenter who complained about glitches in the English expression, I say, get off your high horse (and just how good are they in any second language?). The article is still perfectly readable and I commend the writer for the courage to write a publicly viewable document in their second language.

  51. a6r says:

    i’ve installed and used 6.o6,6.10.7.04,all fine but really really can’t fix why mouse doesnt work anymore after few mins on this asus a6r laptop.

  52. Michael says:

    Thanks for a well written, clearly defined description, I’ve been using Ubuntu since Suse joined up with Microsoft. I’ve not had a single problem on any of the Desktop Editions used. I have been following the progress of 7.10 since July, but must admit that my grasp of the technicalities is quite poor, this review explains it all and I now look forward to the next upgrade with great anticipation.

    I haven’t a clue what the 30,000 bugs are, if Ubuntu 7.04 is anything to go by I wouldn’t worry, they cannot be serious. At least bugs are shown, however insignificant.

  53. Andres says:

    Good review. I’ve been using Feisty since April. This Thursday I tried openSUSE 10.3 GM, but I terribly miss a Debian based package manager. Tomorrow I’ll go back to a Feisty based distro like “Linux Mint Celena”.

    BTW, Can’t wait to try Gutsy!!

  54. Kris Kimg says:

    Nice overview content. One essential concept missing,,,, PROOF READ!

  55. Ricky says:

    Would be nice to know how developers have tacled the issue of video driver, in particular ATI and Nvidia, which does a lot of harm to installation, stability, and one of the stars of this release: COMPIZ-FUSION.

  56. Kirk says:

    Can’t really say I was happy with ubuntu……………..NAW
    At least I gave it a fair shake………I like to game now and then and it just isn’t ready yet…………..wav’en a hand to ya all.
    nice review bro………….

  57. Kouros says:

    I had to laugh at Kirk having so many pauses… in… his comment. Ah, memories.

    Anyway, Gutsy is great. Really great. I would say the first real professional contender against Microsoft Windows.

  58. angel says:

    I have been using windows since version 3.11 and this year and for the first, I tried a different operative system and my chice was Fiesty Fawn. I must say I Quickly become fan of it and spend many nights playing with. I also fall in love of the Idea e of the GNU, Free programs and open source. I cant wait for Gusty, I even pre-order the Cds lol.

  59. Andy says:

    Great review, Thanks. Cant wait to upgrade to gutsy. Been using Feisty since March and love it. Had vista and that was the final straw with microsoft, absolutely the worst OS i’ve ever used. Keep up the great work Ubuntu!!!

  60. kyle c says:

    I am really looking forward to making the upgrade.

    I am a ubuntu noob.

    I bought a laptop last month, and like all new laptops, mine came with the vista virus. I decided that I should finally make the switch to linux, and i have heard nothing but great things about ubuntu.
    So i downloaded feisty, installed it, and everything just worked, i have not had a single problem with it, aside from installing java, which i am still having troubble with. it found all the drivers, and everything just worked.

    then when i installed winXP (i need it for work) on a partition, I ran intro troubble. winXP didn’t recognize my soundcard, my wifi card, my touchpad. its a widescreen monitor and XP couldnt even give me the 1200X800 resolution, I got a very distorted 1024 X 768. even the proccessor dind’t work properly, windows though it was only 600mhz!

    I had to go through and download and install each individual driver to get windows working.

    Feisty just worked straight out of the box. I am very impressed. and if gutsy is as big of an improvement as you say, I am very excited.

    its sad that linux actually works better than windows, an OS some people actually PAY for.

  61. loki says:

    Kyle c that’s great that straight away u had everything working properly on ubuntu, winxp didnt recognize hardware, u needed to download drives very painful but at least everything was working properly! Dont bother trying to explain me how to install gf8800 and enable all the fireworks from mesa+opengl support I have waisted hours trying to sort it out on 7.04, read a lot of forums and what? Nothing! Ten years ago I was studing and I faced same problem (of course not gf8800 but if I remember well gf2). Now after 10 years I have still problems with graphic card! I am not saying I wont install ubuntu 7.10 but still there are HUGE holes and I dont wish anyone to face them.

  62. Harold says:

    Upgrade to 7.10 from 7.04 went fine but it seems to have slowed down the Thunderbird login and the Firefox web page loading. I might have missed a setting or there may be a fix coming for it. Otherwise I’m sticking with Gutsy.

  63. Cirius says:

    I’ve just upgraded a Compaq R3000 laptop to Gutsy and am very impressed with the result. Only the TI 1620 card reader doesn’t work (as in previous versions) but I have a USB reader anyway so, no problem. Compiz is a real eye-opener and the only unusable application was Tilda which I resolved by configuring gnome-terminal to act similarly. Graphics (ATI) and memory management are excellent and overall stability, machine speed and crispness of operation have definitely increased. All in all a big thumbs-up and thanks to the Ubuntu devs and testers.

  64. DeFAzn says:

    Love the review…im dual booting it right now

  65. Get And Free says:

    Thanks for your review.

  66. dimitrist16 says:

    the X server keeps crushing in my 7.10 installation, but i am sure the final release
    will be good . . .