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Ubuntu 8.10 Beta Released

October 2nd, 2008 · 5 Comments

Get your Internet connections warmed up Ubuntu fans, Canonical has just released the beta for the next version of Ubuntu 8.10.

This is the first real look at what will be a major Ubuntu upgrade. There’s a whole laundry list of new features, but I see four major improvements for most users.

The first are the combination of the new GNOME 2.24 desktop interface and X.org 7.4 windows system. This pairing should give users a faster graphical interface. It certainly, in the updated archive manager, File Roller, now has more support for other compressed formats such as ALZ, RZIP, CAB, and the TAR.7Z file types. Nautilus, the GNOME file manager, also now has tabs and I, for one, find that a very useful feature.

Next up, I like the encrypted private directory feature. While I’ve never lost or had a laptop stolen, I feel a lot better knowing that it if were to happen no one could break into my files.

Many of you may not know about DKMS (Dynamic Kernel Module Support), but you’re going to enjoy the improvements it brings to Ubuntu. DKMS will make it easier for you to get up-to-the-minute drivers without hand compiling device drivers. For users this will be an almost invisible change, but if you pay attention you’ll notice that your devices work more effectively and, in some cases, you’ll have access to more features sooner than you would have with older Linux distributions.

Finally, this latest distribution includes Samba 3.2. This is a major step-forward in getting Ubuntu to work closer with Windows clients and servers file systems. If you haven’t tried Samba 3.2 yet, you’re in for a pleasant surprise with the new Ubuntu. You’ll find that it works faster and authenticates more easily with Windows Server systems. It doesn’t have full AD (Active Directory) support yet, that will come in the forthcoming Samba 4.0, but it’s still significantly better than what has come before.

There’s also one ‘gotcha’ to look out for though with this beta release. While the firmware corruption problem with Intel GigE Ethernet hardware and this release’s 2.6.27 Linux kernel has just been patched, that came too late for this distribution. So, Canonical, to avoid frying users’ Ethernet hardware chose to disable the e1000e driver. That means if your PC has the potentially endangered hardware in it—the Intel ICH8 and ICH9 chipset with their 82566 and 82567 Ethernet chipsets—your chips won’t be in any danger… because you won’t even be able to use them. So, if you install this beta, and find you just lost your Ethernet connection, chances are you have the Intel Gigabit Ethernet hardware in your PC.

Rather than run into this annoyance, you should run the following command from a shell terminal before trying to install the beta.

lspci | grep 8256[67]

if you see anything except the return of the shell prompt, you’ve got a vulnerable chipset and you shouldn’t install this beta.

If your PC is good to go, you can download the Ubuntu 8.10, Intrepid Ibex, now. The final version is due out on October 30th, 2008.

Tags: Canonical · Development · Linux · Open Source · Operating System

5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Internet » The Evolution of Online Advertising Technology // Oct 3, 2008 at 1:23 am

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  • 3 pogson // Oct 3, 2008 at 4:13 pm

    One feature that is a step forward is 803.11n wireless in kernel 2.6.27 in this beta. That is in the atheros ath9k driver.

    see http://wireless.kernel.org/en/users/Drivers/ath9k

    One should be cautious that n is still draft but it is nearing completion and some can afford to take risks for higher performance.

  • 4 Ubuntu Look » Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter #111 // Oct 6, 2008 at 11:10 am

    [...] * Ubuntu 8.10 Beta Released – Get your Internet connections warmed up Ubuntu fans, Canonical has just released the beta for the next version of Ubuntu 8.10. This is the first real look at what will be a major Ubuntu upgrade. There’s a whole laundry list of new features, but there are four major improvements for most users. First are the combination of the new GNOME 2.24 desktop interface and X.org 7.4 windows system. This pairing should give users a faster graphical interface. Next up is the encrypted private directory feature, which provides an encrypted folder in every users home directory. Third, many of you may not know about DKMS (Dynamic Kernel Module Support), but you’re going to enjoy the improvements it brings to Ubuntu. DKMS will make it easier for you to get up-to-the-minute drivers without hand compiling device drivers. Finally, this latest distribution includes Samba 3.2. This is a major step-forward in getting Ubuntu to work closer with Windows clients and servers file systems. http://practical-tech.com/operating-system/ubuntu-810-beta-released/ [...]

  • 5 Lettre Hebdomadaire Ubuntu numéro 111 du 28 septembre au 4 octobre 2008 « Lettre Hebdomadaire Ubuntu // Oct 8, 2008 at 5:33 pm

    [...] Parution de Ubuntu 8.10 bêta – Fans d’Ubuntu faites chauffer vos connexions Internet : Canonical vient de publier Ubuntu 8.10 bêta. Des tas de nouvelles fonctionnalités parmi lesquelles 4 sont à signaler : mariage de l’interface du bureau GNOME 2.24 avec X.org 7.4 pour plus de rapidité, possibilité de chiffrement de répertoires privés, améliorations de DKMS (Dynamic Kernel Module Support) pour incorporation immédiate de pilotes sans compilation manuelle et l’incorporation de Samba 3.2. [...]