Yet another reason to move to my favourite Linux desktop – The improved Ubuntu 8.10 Desktop Edition is now designed with a host of new features to improve the always connected mobile desktop experience through 3G, sending a strong message on the intent to run the already crowded mobile market.
Here is a summary of the new features:
Latest Gnome 2.24 Desktop Environment
New features in Gnome include a new instant messaging client, a built-in time tracker, improved file management and toolbars. There is better support for multiple monitor use with the ability to set screen resolution by monitor. Wondering what to do with this? Wait for my next article on how 2 users can use the same Linux machine at the same time and see their own sessions (screens) and operate on their own keyboard and mouse too!
Your machine in a USB
My favourite neat feature – A simple application in Ubuntu allows users to write Ubuntu to a USB drive. A modified version of Ubuntu can be carried with your data on it and (almost) used on any machine. Not to mention that this is so eco-friendly compared to the plastic CDs that get outdated every few months.
For my friends when they come home – a well thought of feature… If you lend your computer to friends to access the net, simply create a guest session. Now the guest can use the full system without interference with programs or data.
The Totem Movie Player and Rhythmbox now access selected content from BBC that is free to air (video, radio and podcasts). Content is constantly updated via BBCs stream and will vary dependent on location.
Ubuntu 8.10 simplifies connectivity management through a single interface and the auto-detection of many popular devices. Improvements to the network manager makes it simple to detect and connect to 3G networks and manage connectivity delivered through an inbuilt 3G modem, through ‘dongle’ support, through a mobile phone or through Bluetooth. (Know that Wifi has its limitations in a roaming environment).
Bottom-line: if you havent tried Ubuntu – it’s time. I have 4 computers at home – aged 10+years to <1 month old … Guess what ? They all run on Ubuntu
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