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What to expect from Ubuntu 8.10

By   |  May 11, 2008

With the release of Ubuntu Hardy Heron now behind us, most eyes are turned to October when Intrepid Ibex, or Ubuntu Linux 8.10, will make its debut. While Hardy Heron was designed to be stable enough to be a long-term support release, Intrepid Ibex promises to be packed with more exciting features, something that Ubuntu fans always enjoy.

Among those changes are likely to be a number of mobility improvements as well as more flexible Internet connectivity. On the desktop there is also likely to be a refreshed desktop theme which has been in the pipeline for the past two releases.

Announcing plans for Ubuntu 8.10 earlier this year Ubuntu chief, Mark Shuttleworth, said that “a particular focus for us will be pervasive Internet access, the ability to tap into bandwidth whenever and wherever you happen to be. We want you to be able to move from the office, to the train, and home, staying connected all the way”.

Seamless Internet connectivity has always been a challenge on Ubuntu Linux, particularly for users moving between the home, the office and the road. Over the past two releases the WiFi capabilities of Ubuntu have improved a lot – roaming mode was long overdue – but switching between connections is still annoyingly difficult. Improvements in this area alone will make Intrepid welcome.

Another issue high on the agenda for developers with this release is desktop scalability. While Ubuntu has a very strong desktop support base, it is equally at home on servers and mobile and even embedded devices. Over the past year both Ubuntu and the Gnome project, the default desktop for Ubuntu, have announced mobile versions of their software. In all likelihood Intrepid will be the first Ubuntu release to see some of the benefit of that work filtering through.

Earlier this year Shuttleworth said: “Our desktop offering will once again be a focal point as we re-engineer the user interaction model so that Ubuntu works as well on a high-end workstation as it does on a feisty little subnotebook. We’ll also be reaching new peaks of performance – aiming to make the mobile desktop as productive as possible.”

Also to be expected with Intrepid is a new desktop look which has been in the development for the past year. The new look was meant to debut in Hardy Heron but was held back.

Also on the desktop, the timing is right for version 3.0 to be included in the Intrepid release so long as the planned September release date for OpenOffice is met. OpenOffice 3.0 includes a number of new features, from better document support to spreadsheet collaboration, that will make it a more compelling office suite. (Update: Ubuntu 8.10 will not include 3.0. See: Ubuntu explains 3.0 decision)

New versions of Ubuntu Linux are released every six months.



23 Responses to “What to expect from Ubuntu 8.10”

  1. Daeng Bo
    May 12th, 2008 @ 1:08 pm

    I summarized the changes in Gnome and the Google Summer of Code which will impact 8.10. You can read them here:

  2. Retief
    May 15th, 2008 @ 4:56 pm

    Yes, please, please sort out wifi!

  3. person
    September 13th, 2008 @ 6:43 am

    They need to work on wine. The gnome desktop is great. It is only the compatiblity with windows that needs perfecting.

  4. Anuraj
    September 18th, 2008 @ 5:03 pm

    I think 8.10 should work on the Wi-Fi and more microsoft program support

  5. Josh
    September 26th, 2008 @ 9:44 pm


    The people at Ubuntu aren’t the people who made WINE. The people from the WINE project made WINE 😛 And they’re working hard, still. The compatibility is getting better and better though ^^ I’ve recently played Oblivion on Ubuntu.

    Hmmm. I’m having lots of trouble with WiFi at school, because they use a 802.1x protected network. For that I actually need to install and configure wpa-supplicant, but I have no idea how that works. Way too techy for me at this moment. I would really like proper 802.1x support, without this weird wpa-supplicant thingy…

  6. Andrew
    September 30th, 2008 @ 2:44 am

    I think the number one thing that they need to sort out is the network manager. It always reports all kinds of errors and slows down shutdown because of that. Not only that, it has crappy Wi-Fi support. To get my 802.1x wireless in my laptop working, I had to connect via ethernet.

    I know that the Ubuntu team has nothing to do with the WINE project, so this comment is directed at the WINE project. I hope you guys can work out more of the Windows API translation. It is good so far, but in the future, I want to be able to have 99% of the compatibility. This is stopping me form using Linux right now because I have Windows-only programs and games that don’t run fast enough in Linux. If only developers could be open minded and port for Unix/Linux. Oh well.

  7. Anuraj
    September 30th, 2008 @ 7:25 am

    Yeah i figured it out after I said that UBUNTU needs to come out with microsoft support (WINE is the real project) :p I just play WoW anyways

    An I am also having trouble getting into my schools Wi-Fi but there are some applications that can auto detect your environment and auto find the network (like windows does) but It wont compile for some reason and it is driving me nuts

  8. debian
    September 30th, 2008 @ 5:18 pm

    if you need wifi trie linuxmint,
    and it’s the saim thing chest green :)

    ubuntu is fine for Desktop, but not for laptops

    Need more M$ apps to work go talk to the wine developer not ubuntu.
    or learn programming ; )

  9. Anuraj
    October 2nd, 2008 @ 7:08 pm

    I just used linux mint on a live CD about an hour ago and its great for Wi-Fi and it is lighter than ubuntu or fedora thanks

  10. Aibo
    October 3rd, 2008 @ 1:51 pm

    Getting wifi to work under Ubuntu can be either extremely simple, very simple or downright heartbreaking, depending on the wireless device in your computer/laptop. Extremely easy: A freind installed 8.04.1 on his new Dell laptop and everything just worked straight out of the box. Very easy: I installed it on a cheapy laptop from a company named after a desert and it refused point-blank to co-operate until I installed the “backports” drivers via Synaptic. Apparently the RaLink drivers supplied with 8.04 are buggy and were fixed in backports. Heartbreaking: loads of stories of these around, of course, ranging from simply unsupported to buggy.

    Try backports for your kernel version after you’ve done all the updates. It worked for me, YMMV.

  11. Zaenal
    October 5th, 2008 @ 9:42 am

    Actually I have wait for this release hoping for better desktop support. As a rookie ubuntu is to much than I wish for…

  12. Ian
    October 13th, 2008 @ 7:02 am

    Wi-Fi has always worked well for my laptop. I own a Dell Inspiron 1525, and I wonder if new Dell comps (mine came w/ Windows, but I switched) have better compatibility because of their deal w/ the Canonical. Lots of things worked immediately for which I had expected to install drivers.

    Looking forward to 8.10. 8.04 has been great.

  13. Wyzard
    October 14th, 2008 @ 4:26 pm

    I have been an Ubuntu user for several years now. I have grown to love it. It seems that the one complaint that I see the most often is Windows compatibility. At some point, Ubuntu will accomplish that daunting task. There are other alternatives now.

    For those of you that need true compatibility there is something better than Wine or CrossOver Office. Check out Win4Lin from Virtual Bridges. The price is normally $129. But, they have a special going just for Ubuntu users .. $29.

    It is truly amazing. Windows runs like it’s on steroids under Win4Lin. It makes use of the Linux file system. Oh, I forgot to mention. After you install Win4Lin, you then install Windows. From that point on .. Windows is an icon on the desktop. You can switch to it with just a click of the mouse and run anything you need. Everything runs much better.

    For the gamers amongst you, you will be absolutely amazed.

    Mark Shuttleworth needs to work an agreement with Virtual Bridges to include Win4Lin in the Ubuntu installation by default. It’s just that good.

    Give a try.

    May The Force Be With Us

    Ubuntu Phoenix 9.0

  14. Jessie Lawrence
    October 22nd, 2008 @ 5:09 am

    openoffice 3 will not be in ubuntu, but it will be in backports. yeah, i kno, everyones mad. the ubuntu people are blaming openoffice because they delayed the release date. and dont worry, many people have already pointed out that thats an extremely feeble excuse, and even provided perfctly reasonable solutions to how they could include it, but they still arent including openoffice 3 by default. sorry for the major dissapointment.

    Well, at least 2.4.x had all the kinks worked out by now.

  15. Alastair
    October 22nd, 2008 @ 6:40 am

    @Jessie Lawrence:
    Interesting. And disappointing. It does seem that 3.0 has been pretty much near final for some time now. Enough at least to be included in Ubuntu 8.10 by the month’s end.

  16. Wyzard999
    October 22nd, 2008 @ 8:56 am

    OpenOffice 3.0 is available for download. I’ve got it.

  17. Wyzard999
    October 22nd, 2008 @ 8:58 am

    At Sun Microsystems site for one. Also, OO’s home site.

  18. Alastair
    October 22nd, 2008 @ 9:08 am

    @Wyzard999: 3.0 is available for download ( but I Jessie was saying that it wasn’t going to be included by default in Ubuntu 8.10, if I understand correctly.

  19. Wyzard999
    October 22nd, 2008 @ 9:42 am

    Hear it comes .. Watch out Windows 7 .. The war is over

    Announcing the arrival of .. April 2009

    Ubuntu Phoenix 9.0

    Computing, be it business oriented or consumer based, should be a pleasure. Not an ongoing
    emotion draining nightmare.

    It appears that the folks at Canonical listened to the reasons why Windows users are so ready
    for something better. A stable, mature operating system.

    Ubuntu Phoenix 9.0 is that solution ..

    Microsoft has pulled many major blunders in the operating system arena.

    Turning their collective backs on IBM and OS/2. OS/2 had many things to dislike. But, in many
    ways it was an OS that was too far ahead of its time.

    Unleaching an OS that was absolutely not ready for primetime. Trying to learn a worthy operating
    system is one thing. But, trying to learn an OS that was apparently never meant to be friendly in
    the least is quite another. Vista is a disaster on many levels. We all have our opinions.

    Ubuntu Phoenix 9.0

    Perfection Worth Waiting For ..
    Computing Taken To Warp Levels ..

    Ubuntu For Trekkies ..

    May The Force Be With Us


  20. Jonathan
    October 23rd, 2008 @ 6:19 pm

    It would be nice to see all videocards in world supported, just plug and play. And no more problems with two or more monitors. So many hours have been spent just to get monitor working.

  21. Ryan
    November 5th, 2008 @ 10:37 am

    If they could just get synchronisation to work with Windows Mobile devices that would be awesome. I’m still unable to get my HTC to work with it. Other than that, Ubuntu is simply amazing.

  22. Christine
    November 9th, 2008 @ 3:46 pm

    Even with all the minor problems, I still heart ubuntu! I wouldn’t trade it for anything!

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