It’s hard to believe that another release of Ubuntu, 7.04, aka Feisty Fawn, is into the home stretch — the final month before release. There’s quite a bit to be excited about too, with a slew of cool new stuff that will be available for us to drool over and lure the unwashed masses with.
Here’s my top 4:
- Codec grabbing – While it would be nice to be able to include all necessary media formats, or convert everyone to free ones, we can’t. The next best thing is to make those things accessible. No longer will confused newbies need to follow a complicated Howto procedure, or use dangerous scripts. Our feisty little fawn is so much smarter, and can auto-detect the packages require and let the user install them in a matter of a few clicks. Awesomeness!
- Migration Assistant – People have been ‘ooooh’ing about this for the past couple of days, and rightly so. This is something that has been sorely lacking on this side of the moon. Now people with limited time/knowlege/motivation can easily migrate their data and relevent settings.
- Network Manager – We had this for edgy, I know, but now it’s installed by default. This really does rock, because it’s damn hard to install it from repos when you require it to connect to said repos. ‘Nuff said. I think there are still teething issues though, which is a shame since it’s such a useful app.
- Desktop Effects – This has the community split, but I’m yet to find anyone who can fault the concept. People, regular common Joes, like shiny. Heck, even common Geeks are easily amused by alot of this stuff. Microsoft has just come out with a shiny new system of widgetry and novelty, but wobbly windows and spinny cubes take the cake, icing and all.
This is the stuff that is going to ‘sell’ Ubuntu. It is the stuff that makes the operating system inconspicious.