When Gizmodo alerted me to the fact that Intrepid Ibex, the latest version of popular Linux distro Ubuntu, was out for download, the early adopter in me screamed, “upgrade!” So today, I spent the entirety of the day away from the computer and on my iPhone as Ubuntu upgraded to 8.10. Finally, after ten hours of waiting, the process is complete. Hello, Ibex!
This isn’t a huge release for Ubuntu. It’s not a Long-Term Support (LTS) release unlike 8.04, Hardy Heron, so nothing radical has changed. It has enhanced driver support though—my TravelMate’s WiFi button light thing, which didn’t use to blink, does now. There’s also this new utility in System -> Administration -> create a USB startup disk. It does exactly that—create a USB startup disk from which you can boot Linx. I unfortunately don’t have a spare flash drive lying around, but will see to it to try this thing out when I do.
As I said, this isn’t a major release. The next LTS they’ll be putting out is 9.04, codename Jaunty Jackalope. Its due date is relatively far off—April of next year, says Gizmodo—but I’m psyched nonetheless.
There’s nothing much to say about Ibex, except that you should probably download it now. If you already have Hardy Heron on your system, upgrading’s easy (albeit, with speeds like mine, painfully time-consuming).
Ooh, and the National Novel Writing Month starts in about half an hour. Weeee!