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Top 5 New Features of Ubuntu 8.10 Interpid Ibex

As the Intrepid Ibex (8.10) development gets going, many people will probably be wondering what new end-user features they can expect.

  1. The new theme - Though it was planned for 8.04, the plan for a new theme was pushed back to 8.10, the upcoming release. While almost every new version has some visual changes and a new background, this release is supposed to have more radical changes to the theme. The basic color scheme will probably stay, but other than that, who knows? You can see some of the proposed art here.
  2. Encrypted “Private” Directory - While many OSs now offer whole hard-drive encryption, most people probably only have a small set of their files that they want to encrypt. Instead of offering an encrypt everything or nothing option, there will be a folder in each user’s home folder called “Private” that will be encrypted. This would be useful to store confidential documents and that sort of thing without slowing down access to less-confidential stuff, like your music. (Full Blueprint)
  3. Improved Flash Experience - I thought that being prompted to click next a few times the first time you wanted to see Flash content was a good enough Flash experience, but apparently the Ubuntu developers want it to be even better. I think it is safe to expect absolutely seamless Flash viewing in Intrepid. (Full Blueprint)
  4. LiveCD Installer Updates - While the current installer is functional, there are a number of improvements that could be made. The ones I am looking forward to most are the visual representation of partitions and the slideshow introducing new users to Ubuntu while they are waiting for it to install, as I proposed in a Brainstorm idea :-). (Full Blueprint)
  5. LiveUSB Creator - Like Fedora has already done, it will become possible to use a GUI utility to create a “LiveUSB” disc. Basically, it will be very easy to install Ubuntu to a flash drive and carry it around. The main advantage of a flash drive over a CD is that you can save changes back to the drive. (Full Blueprint)

If you are interested, you can find all the plans for Intrepid Ibex on Launchpad.

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  1. 4BiT Says:

    what is all the fuss? it isnt like they are going to change the motor on that thing… i have 7.10 installed untill they make it worth my while to upgrade.

  2. Kent_Geek Says:

    Yawn. Ubuntu may be a victim of its own success. I just upgraded to Hardy, and the differences from Gutsy are so slight that my only motivation was a desire to fiddle around. The good news is that there are lots of other Linux options available, and these boring upgrades from the leader is an opportunity for one or more of them to differentiate themselves.

  3. David Says:

    The private folders would be the only feature I would use. The rest just seems like fluff to make life easier for noobs.

  4. Sylvain Says:

    What 5 news features for the next Ubuntu. I’m running with 8.04 lts and… well… no comment… Ok, ok, I’m not fair, but the latest of the Ubuntu release was not, to my point of view, a great release, it’s a almost Vista thing. So 5 new feature: 1: Correcting bugs, 2: Correcting bugs, 3: Correcting bugs, 4: Correcting bugs and 5: guest what: Correcting bugs. In a few words making Ubuntu 8.10 a better distribution, because now… it’s not as good as the 7.10.

  5. Artemis Fowel Says:

    Whats wrong with making life easier for noobs? Listen-my mind is fill of strange perversions. I’m a ’sensation’; try me just once, you’ll beg for more…

  6. Chris Says:

    I think the reason for the Yawn on Gutsy to Hardy was due to the fact that Hardy was meant for LTS. I’m very hopeful that the Intrepid release will have some very new and useful features.

  7. DotD Says:

    As a neophyte to Linux I tried out Kubuntu about 8 months ago. It was a disaster. A kindly techie friend rescued me with an installation of Ubuntu, and now I’m happy. Thanks, Ghurkis!
    I don’t know if I want to upgrade to 8.10 or not considering my”beginner” status at 8.04. I might be pressing my luck.

  8. bob Says:

    Some of these whiners should stop complaining about not having enough content and instead contribute so there is more.

  9. homerhomer Says:

    What happened to seamless Internet experience?

  10. Yemi Bedu Says:

    I think the previous posters summed up the best part of this experience. You are not saturated with constant slew of new features just because to are at a release point. Too many changes will have you wondering if you are on the same operating environment anymore. This is that mark of getting the stable right and building up to greatness. Good day.

  11. moonese Says:

    Just hope the WPA2 support will be added in 8.10.
    The WPA2 support in Fedora 9 just works fine, but in latest Ubuntu just pain!

  12. Vajet.Tang Says:

    I think, if the ubuntu system for Desktop,It should create Better Office software and more network support.Do you think so?
    I am from Chinese.If this site can reply in chinese, it will be suit for me.

    Vajet.Tang From Chinese with ubuntu 8.04 lt

  13. E.T. Yeow Says:

    Is it possible to add in at least the abilty to use Generic printers or Graphic drivers? My Lexmark printer will not work and my nVidia can only run with 800 x 600 pixels.
    Am now running ok since I changed my nVidia to ATI Radeon 9500.
    Thank you.

  14. DotD Says:

    Interpid? Might that be a dyslectic Intrepid?
    All my time with the U. S. Coast Guard has forced me to note this typo…

  15. Zac Says:

    OMG! What a bunch of whingers and whiners. People put their heart and soul into distributions like Ubuntu. If you have nothing say but whinge maybe a couple of bricks in your house might be interested in hearing them. If you want x, y, z, then contribute your code.

    Ubuntu doing a great job, baby steps all the way. I am still on 6.10 and it does all I need. I would love to see great advancement but it is not humanely possible. I wish all the success to Ubuntu.

  16. Nas Says:

    Ubuntu needs to keep moving forward and include even better hardware support. I know they came along way, but still have a ways to go. Having private folders is the only plus that I can see coming from 8.10.

  17. migz Says:

    Ubuntu 8.04 is doing great! WPA2 is fully functional. before you whine and say your BLAH BLAH please take time to make some research or googling, the Ubuntu community forum is a great place to look for answers. if you don’t want any of those “problems” with this distro better go for Ubuntu’s paid support or other third parties, but as long as you’re having it for free learn first to say THANK YOU and be humble and polite enough to admit your inadequacies and ask for help. c’mon we want things to get moving stop being a whiner instead be a doer.

  18. Mark Says:

    Would you really want major changes to Ubuntu every 6 months? That would be chaos :-)
    Consistency and slowly making changes can be good.

  19. Jeffersonian Says:

    I have been a long time Linux user: Slakeware, the RedHat/Fedora, then for several years Suse.

    I have tried Kubuntu: not ready for prime time.
    Then I have tried Ubuntu 8.04.1 AMD 64: I am very impressed!

    There is certainly (like other distros) room for better.

    I was very impressed by:
    Worked immediatly on ethernet, with Firefox 3.0 64 bits (great).
    I did like the very sober menus, and ease of modify them: did not use Gnome for at least 3 years: what a progress!
    I over all do like the use of the mouse right button: very simple, good!

    1) the easy install of NVIDIA driver. (Great quality)

    2) the easy manual (well documented) install of Broadcom Wi-FI support: I had trouble there with Open Suse 11.

    3) How easy it was to get working:
    Skype, (Linux, 2.0) including the video cam.
    My Philips DGX320 USB speakers.(great sound)
    KDE4 applications, like K3B, and more…

    Where more work will make it even nicer:

    a) Install: Manual Disk partitioning, is so poor that I used Gparted from a live distro. Actually my favorite install/partitioner would be Gparted/Qparted/QtParted plus an “FSTAB maker”, modifying gparted or qparted may be a good way to do it?
    The /etc/fstab file needs some manual adjustments for proper access: it would be nice if the installer was taking care of this with a simple to use GUI.

    b) install: Ubuntu has no respect for other existing Linux partition, and will just wipe out /boot: this is a pain (need to save somewhere else etc…) and does not have to be: appending the UBUNTU stanzas to /boot/grub/menu.lst should be a pretty minor task…

    There I may I suggest to name the usual files (linuzxxxx and initd) to have a string like UBUNTU so they are easy to identify.

    This would also be a nice way for some one who is not a nerd, to add one more Linux and to try it! I usually do that top test pre-releases or in this case new (for me) distros.

    There some discussion between the leaders of multiple distros may help, to get common ground. But the GRUB team, may be the right one to propose something simple and “common ground”.

    c) Synaptic as a front end to apt-get is good, as it is.

    But for “nerds” (like me) installing from source, and other packages, apt-get is certainly not as good [does not resolve depencies] as either YAST (a front end) or SMART on Open Suse.

    I have installed SMART, on Ubuntu, it works but it does not (yet) resolve dependencies as SMART with RPM’s on Open Suse : it will be great when it will be fully functional!

    I have no favorite, but am wondering if there is need for so many packages schemes (rpm, deb, and more).
    With only one, (or some commonality) would it not be easier to constanly enhance the wheel without re-designing it: not a critic, just a question…

    c) Blue Tooth: could not really make it work!
    It sees my BT Moto headset (H700) but does not work.
    All this wireless stuff, on Linux (all!) is not ready yet.

    d) Sound: seems to be a problem on all current Linux Distros.
    Ubuntu is better than most, but still issues there…
    Sound applications behavior is just not consistent: this may be due to the number of possible interfaces?

    f) KDE4: Is indeed nice, but just take your time, and release the next Kubuntu, when it is ready: no need to rush, because Ubuntu is good!
    Eventually, I tend to believe that KDE based will be the “Heavy weight” (hard disk) and Gnome based the “Light weight” (flash drive) Linux GUI.

    Conclusion: Congratulation and thanks to all these contributors to Ubuntu: great Distro, Great job, which easily explains its success.


  20. TayzGpa Says:

    “The private folders would be the only feature I would use. The rest just seems like fluff to make life easier for noobs.”

    Making life easier for “noobs” is what got Windows (and Mac) to the top of the food chain.

    If you have to read the manual, it’s to complicated.

  21. johhnyb Says:

    All the noob related features are a good thing. Ubuntu should strive for #1 stability/robustness, #2 ease of use, #3 maximum hardware compatibility.

    There are other distros for people who want all the bells and whistles or who want maximum speed. It isn’t possible to focus on everything in 1 product so Ubuntu should strive to be Linux for the masses and let Slackware, Debian, Damn Small Linux, etc. focus on other areas.

  22. mythu Says:

    These seem like great features, especially the encryption part (Y).
    Im running ubuntu 8.04 and I love it, its running on my HP pav. laptop. I went from Vista to Ubuntu and i have no regret!
    Some more features is exactly what id like and also with new features id like for it to keep its stability. PLEASE MAKE SURE IT DOES NOT BECOME ANOTHER VISTA. Vista was a way of throwing new features and glamor to customers while sacrificing stability.

    Ps. A great feature to add to ubuntu 8.10 is an option where we can switch from one OS to another OS on a diff partition while running Ubuntu. This would really help some students, because alot of people still use windows for some things and wine likes to be difficult sometimes =)

  23. trightonj Says:

    quit your b*tchin this is free . Free usually means junk . i’m already using 8.10 HA HA its perfect get over it all you critics and just enjoy this guys behind ubuntu 100% (not a noob ha ha)keep ubuntu comin!!!!

  24. bealer Says:

    I have to agree with others. Some people are never happy and just moan.

    Ubuntu is great, 8.04 was a perfect release as far as I’m concerned.

    The above list isn’t quite what I’d like to see worked on, but there are some good things there.

    The private directory is handy (I gave up bothering to encrpyt my whole drive). So is the usb installer, I’ve always wanted to have Ubuntu on usb, but it was a bit of a pain to do so I opted for other distro’s instead.

    Things I’d like to see.

    - I know it’s not directly related to Ubuntu, but a better scanning interface. XSane is awful in terms of usability.
    - A better layout for GIMP, much like GIMPshop.
    - Cleanup of the grub loader, give it a nice theme etc… and clean up the naming of the boot options.
    - And then just loads of bug fixes. All the little things.

  25. carls Says:

    The private folders would be the only feature I would use. The rest just seems like fluff to make life easier for noobs.
    ***end snip***

    I’d expect this sort of comment maybe on the Mandriva site, but not here.

    There are real problems with 8.10 for noobs: partitioning interface doesn’t work with unformatted free-space; still no Broadcom wifi network adapter drivers that work “out of the box”. These are show-stoppers for noobs.

    Vista gives us this terrific window () of opportunity for linux. Now is the time to help with documenting work-arounds for the show-stoppers to bring newcomers on-board.

  26. John Says:

    As a young penguin: Ran 8.10 live CD and noted various improvements over 8.4. It crashed, though, when I tried to install Nvidia drivers (which claim to be tested by Ubuntu). This kind of thing puts noobs off.

    Even more put off when I decided to install (with a mental note NOT to use NV drivers) but it tried to load them anyway (I’m pretty sure) and crashed. Since I had failed to make head or tail of the partitioning tool to achieve what I originally wanted (dual boot Intrepid/Hardy) then had to reinstall Hardy.

    And 8.10 doesn’t yet solve a major gripe; you can’t see network drives from inside apps. I know - edit fstab - but it took me most of an afternoon last time to find out how (and I am used to working at a DOS prompt). And then the machine won’t shut down - so I spend another hour writing a script to unmount them manually. Whilst in Gatesville it just works (usually). This alone makes it IMPOSSIBLE to suggest Ubuntu to friends and family with modest home networks.

    Moral: Big penguins - please remember that your minor workround can be a showstopper for the novice

  27. Jeff Says:


    Nvidia driver installation should definitely be made as seamless as possible. But I guarantee your grandma will not be messing with dual booting or network drives. If the stated goal is noob-friendliness then these two issues are really non-issues.

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