Ubuntu 8.10 (Intrepid Ibex) will be released on October 30th, 2008

“The most notable plans for subnotebook supremacy in Intrepid are better support for mobile networking, improved startup time, and official support for USB installation images. Network configuration in the current version of Ubuntu is handled by NetworkManager, which offers simple point-and-click support for connecting to WiFi access points. The new version of NetworkManager, which will be included in Ubuntu 8.10, adds basic support for 3G networking. In addition to integrating the new version of NetworkManager, the Ubuntu developers will also conduct testing to ensure compatibility with the most commonly used 3G networking devices and services.”

  • 3GNetworking – https://wiki.ubuntu.com/3GNetworkingIntrepid
    • Ship network-manager .7 and get as many 3G options fixed. Network-manager .7 already has basic support for CDMA and GSM connections.
    • Assemble a list of frequently used hardware and 3G providers in the markets with the highest 3G penetration.
    • Get most important hardware and subscriptions early in the release cycle to ensure that as many options as possible can be verified and get fixed.
  • Education Edition
    • GUI for dynamic menus – The current edubuntu-menus package installs a fixed set of menus bound to Unix groups. To maintain the menus it is currently necessary to edit the .menu files by hand. The menu group also doesn’t show up in the ubuntu users and groups tool yet.
  • Firefox KDE Integration – https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Firefox3KDEIntegrationIntrepid
    • Discussion for improving Firefox integration in KDE (mimetypes, setting the desktop background, protocols schemes)
  • Boot Performance
    • Prefetch, better multithreading, dbus and hal moving to upstart, look at kernel based modesetting (ongoing)
  • Ubuntu Distributed Development
    • Aim to have all of Ubuntu, possible Debian imported in Bazaar during the Intrepid cycle and use the upcoming features in Bazaar and Launchpad to make it quick to make small changes.
  • Improve Flash Experience – https://wiki.ubuntu.com/FlashExperienceIntrepid

    • Provide the user with a seamless Flash experience; this includes ease of install as well as a pleasant Flash user-experience.
    • Support Free Flash as much as possible; the long-term goal is to ship a free Flash alternative by default.
  • OpenOffice.org Upload Schedule – https://wiki.ubuntu.com/OOoIntrepidUploadSchedule

    • Barring major problems the currently scheduled release date for OpenOffice.org 3.0 is September 2 and Intrepid release is scheduled for Oct 30.

  • X.org in Intrepid – https://blueprints.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+spec/xorg-intrepid

    • We do not anticipate xserver 1.6 to be delivered in time for Intrepid, so we will focus on having xserver 1.5.
    • Upstream is developing two memory managers – TTM and GEM. We will wait to see which one is taken upstream, and pull that into Intrepid if there is time.
    • We have over 1600 Xorg bugs presently. Reducing this to <1000 is a stretch goal for Intrepid.

  • Wubi (Windows-based installer)
    • Possible new features: Online resizing, hibernation with swap files, support for DVD and larger distributions like Ubuntu Studio, bittorrent support for download manager, built in CD burner, native migration.
  • Font Selector discussions, removing cruft after upgrades, DVD live installation performance hacks, gathering translation statistics, USB installation images, Python 3 support, and more.

Ref : Horny for Ubuntu 8.10: first look at Intrepid Ibex

wiki.ubuntu.com

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About Tanveer
RIA (Rich Internet Application) Developer with a wide variety of business applications. Particularly interested in client/server and relational database design. Always interested in migration projects, as well as close interaction with the DB manufacturers.

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