Enterprise Linux Log

Mar 6 2007   9:37AM GMT

New features in Ubuntu Feisty Fawn release


One of these days I’ll get around to finishing that Pulitzer Prize winning article on Ubuntu on the server I promised myself I’d do this month, I swear. In the interim, however, enjoy this list of new features in the upcoming Ubuntu Feisty Fawn release:

  • New Gnome control center
  • Faster searching with Tracker — Tracker is a search tool much like Beagle. Both programs will be available in the repositories.
  • Easy codec installation — When trying to play a multimedia file, Ubuntu will try to install the necessary codecs automatically.
  • Inclusion of NetworkManager — Connect to wired and wireless networks with the click of your mouse.
  • Kernel Virtual Machine — Built in virtualization in the Linux Kernel.
  • Migration assistant — Migrate documents, files and settings with ease from your previous operating system.
  • VPN — Easy VPN access with NetworkManager.
  • Desktop Effects — Bring up cool desktop effects.

The inclusion of KVM is interesting. Commercial adoption of that technology is a ways off (according to IBM and Red Hat anyway), but it’s quickly becoming the ying to Xen’s yang.

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  • Ubuntu-anon
    Things I've heard, but haven't confirmed... - better USB-MTP support (Media Transfer Protocol), so folks with Creative mp3 players (Zen, jukebox, etc) can use them easier (EG: Zen Vision:M will show up as a media/mp3 player and not a camera...d'oh!) - Either Swiftfox to replace Firefox, or a Firefox build better tweaked for Ubuntu (this is really speculative, but based on forums, it would make sense if they just installed Swiftfox by default, since most folks install and use it instead of Firefox to start with) - A fix of the OpenGL libraries so old Matrox graphics cards won't give errors when trying to run OpenGL graphics
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