Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Whats Planned For Ubuntu 8.10 Intrepid Ibex

First off, an Ibex is just a wild mountain goat native to Eurasia, North Africa, and East Africa. I had to look it up when 8.10 was first announced back in April.

What's Planned For Intrepid
GNOME 2.23.91 Desktop Environment
Nautilus file manager finally gets tab support and eject icons for removable drives in Places sidebar. File Roller archive manager now supports ALZ, RZIP, CAB, TAR.7Z file types.

X.Org server 7.4
Much better support for hot-pluggable input devices such as tablets, keyboards, and mice.

Linux kernel 2.6.27
Lots of big improvements, head over to for details.

Encrypted private directory
Keep you private data from prying eyes.

Guest Session
Creates a temporary guest account with a temporary home directory and some restricted privileges. Guests are not able to read any home directory or do any permanent changes to the system.

Network Manager 0.7
Comes with long-expected features, such as, system wide settings, management of 3G connections (GSM/CDMA), management of multiple active devices at once, management of PPP and PPPOE connections, management of devices with static IP configurations, and route management for devices.

Last Successful Boot Recovery Entry
A copy of your running kernel is made after every successful boot and made available from the boot loader as a "Last successful boot" option. This makes it possible for old kernel packages to be safely auto-removed by the package manager, instead of being kept indefinitely.

Allows kernel drivers to be automatically rebuilt when new kernels are released. Making it possible for kernel package updates to be made available immediately without waiting for rebuilds of driver packages, and without third-party driver packages becoming out of date when installing these kernel updates.

Lots of great stuff to look forward to. Hardy was a great release for 1501 users lets hope the good times keep rolling.


dotancohen said...

Nice, I always have a guest account to let others try Ubuntu on my own computer first.

eZtaR said...

Nice update :)

Brad said...

ATI still hasn't released a driver that works with xorg 7.4. If Catalyst 8.9 (release will be around 9/20) doesn't support it, Ibex might ship without proprietary driver support for the 1501. I'm using the open-source driver now, but the proprietary performance is definitely missed.

AaronMT said...

Current compiz performance with 2.1.7412 on my inspiron is slow when scrolling in firefox 3.0.1

Mmandx said...

Where we can stay updated about releases of new ATI drivers for Linux?

Brad said...

SigmaBeta said...

You should really have mentioned that with Intrepid, the open-source ATI driver is advanced enough that compiz, suspend, and hibernate all work very well. Proprietary drivers are no longer really necessary.

redDEAD said...


We can hope so,

Brad said...

Catalyst 8.9 doesn't support xorg 7.4, but 8.10 should. The open-source drivers are nice, but my system grinds to a halt after about an hour of having compiz enabled, so I'm stuck with metacity for now. The system is definitely usable, I just miss the better performance of the proprietary driver.

dov said...

Just installed the Alpha 6 of Intrepid last night. Most things work great! Full Suspend and Hibernate support (haven't had support for either since Feisty), Function keys work, ie screen brightess, sound etc. Wifi does not. Working on it. When I get it working, I'll check if the wifi section in the Network manager works or not as I've been using wifi-radar. Compiz works ok on the open-source ati driver. In general the system just feels a lot smoother and faster. No real complaints.
Love the tabs in nautilus. Almost had a flame war with the gnome team ages ago and they told me tabs would never happen...

dov said...

Checked the wifi (my little bro needed it in a hurry to email his g/f). RedDEAD's ndiswrapper guide for Hardy works great and I can connect straight from the Network Manager. No more need for wifi-radar!

dov said...

Seems like there is a regression with the latest kernel upgrade which means that suspend and hibernate will not work. Some driver or other is causing problems as well with the same. Have started a bug report on launchpad.

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Anonymous said...

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Here is official link, but the theme is in the 'experimental' status:

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Sachin said...

is anyone else having a problem where fn+brightness up is also decreasing the volume?