Ramblings of a Digital Educator

October 15, 2007

Ubuntu 7.10 “Gutsy Gibbon” – My First Impressions

Filed under: General Blogging — dtrask @ 8:45 pm

As of this post, the release of Ubuntu 7.10 is only 3 days away.  This past weekend I blew away my Feisty Fawn installation on my old Dell laptop and replaced it with a shiny new installation of Gutsy Gibbon, other wise known as Ubuntu 7.10.  I used the latest “release candidate” which is essentially the finished product minus some tweaks which I’ll grab with the Update Manager anyway.  In fact, over the past couple of days I’ve noticed some artwork changes and things like that.  When I first installed Gutsy the OpenOffice splash screen was the default OpenOffice blue and white, but as of yesterday it had been changed or “upgraded” to the familiar Ubuntu brown and orange.  I suspect that there are many little things, or finishing touches, like this that are being applied each time I update over the next few days until the release (on October 18th). 

So…what do I think?  I’m lovin’ it!  First thing that really jumped out at me was the easy screen and printer setup.  Setting up multiple screens is a snap!  There’s a nice GUI for setting up most of your video settings.  Very cool.  My printer?  The easiest I’ve ever encountered.  Last night I needed to print something here at home.  I have a networked Xerox Docuprint N2125 Laser Printer.  In the past I would have had to input the IP address, port number, and so forth.  This time?  The printer dialogue asked me to select whether it was a local or networked printer.  I selected “networked”.  It then asked me if I’d like the computer to search my network for the printer…I clicked “Yes”.  Next thing I know, it has found my printer with the correct IP address and port settings…AND it then offered to find the correct driver for me!  Which it did…and that was IT!  Off to work I went….printing and printing some more!

Next stop…F-Spot Photo application.  The new F-Spot is AWESOME!  Now I know that’s not an Ubuntu issue, but it is included as part of a default installation so I feel it’s part of the “package”.  I was able to easily grab photos off my digital camera, import them to F-Spot and then easily upload them to my PicasaWeb account!  So far I am very impressed with the polish and improvements in Gutsy Gibbon. 

I have ordered a new laptop from System76 which should be here soon.  I’m very excited and look forward to “moving in” to my new laptop.  What’s different about this one?  System76 only sells Linux based laptops…more specifically Ubuntu laptops.  The nice thing is that I’ll always know that my hardware will work with Ubuntu as I have a company standing behind it.  I can’t wait to see how Gutsy flies on my new System76 Darter laptop.  I’ll write a review as soon as I get a chance to “move in”!  In the meantime, download Ubuntu 7.10 and give it a try!

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