Ubuntu Gutsy plans revealed

By   |  June 20, 2007

The Ubuntu team yesterday released details of plans for its next release, Ubuntu Gutsy. New features include a mobile edition, the latest version Gnome and KDE 4.0 and improved hardware support.

In an email announcement yesterday, Scott Remnant, [1]Ubuntu[/1] development manager, revealed the following planned improvements.

Desktop

Ubuntu 7.10 will ship with the latest edition of the GNOME desktop, 2.20, to be released a few  weeks before Gutsy’s release. [2]Kubuntu[/2] 7.10 will ship with KDE 3.5.7, and should also include packages of KDE 4.0 rc 2 for optional side-by-side installation.

The developers are aiming for Ubuntu to be one of the first distributions to ship the newly merged Compiz and Beryl projects (compcomm/OpenCompositing); and enable it as the default window manager on systems with a supported combination of hardware and drivers. Systems which do not support compositing, or those with it disabled by user option, will use the existing metacity window manager.

Hardware Support

Ubuntu 7.10 will use the 2.6.22 [3]Linux[/3] kernel, along with its usual selection of updated and additional drivers. It will also use Xorg 7.3, giving better graphics hardware support and the option of hotplugging monitors (RandR 1.2) and input devices (xserver 1.4).

As well as the easier configuration for hotplugging supported drivers, the developers also aim to have better configuration for other drivers and fallback settings for when there is a problem.

Some "winmodem" chips will be supported out of the box, where drivers are available. Improvements to the Restricted Driver Manager are expected, allowing drivers to be disabled by default and proposed by the manager.

As reported earlier, a "completely free" edition of Ubuntu without restricted drivers enabled by default is also in the works.

Mobile

Ubuntu 7.10 will be first release to include a new mobile and embedded edition targeted at hand-held devices and other mobile/embedded form factors. This integrates the Hildon UI components developed by Nokia into Ubuntu, on top of the existing Ubuntu platform.

Server

Development of the Ubuntu 7.10 Server Edition has received a new boost with a dedicated development team at Canonical working on it. Features aiming to improve the experience for new and hobbyist administrators are expected, as well as features desirable for small businesses and organisations.

For increased security, the AppArmor security framework will be available as an option for those that want it.

Stability and Performance

Ubuntu 7.10 should function significantly better when the filesystem is full or otherwise not writable, allowing the user to make room and then continue working without undue interruption.

Improvements to the "apport" bug and crash reporting infrastructure are planned, in particular integration with software installation and upgrade tools so that problems installing or upgrading packages can be easily reported with relevant information attached.

Kernel crashes will also be intercepted on reboot, and may be reported using the tool. Efforts to improve boot reliability and performance continue.

Unlimited and reliable stackability of software raid (MD) devices, LVM volumes and software-managed (devmapper) devices will be supported with no runtime ordering issues.

Ubuntu 7.10 will ship with Upstart 0.5, which will provide flexible and reliable service supervision. The developers expect to harness this for suitable core services, and some boot process tasks, as appropriate.

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One Response to “Ubuntu Gutsy plans revealed”

  1. jhansonxi
    June 20th, 2007 @ 12:00 am

    There may also be a new repair tool for recovery mode instead of just a root prompt:
    https://wiki.ubuntu.com/FriendlyRecovery

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