Ubuntu 8.10 beta review
As promised a while back, I’m doing a review on 8.10.
Ubuntu 8.04.1 is a great OS, but I had a few problems.
The ATI drivers in the repo weren’t performing like they should, the bootup time was over 1 minute, …
All of those problems are fixed now.
The new ATI drivers are great (haven’t tested any OpenGL apps yet)(it seemed to be installed without me having to do anything, which is great).
Flash player 10 now performs better than Flash player 9 did on my Windows machine.
My cpu’s don’t go through the roof anymore when viewing fullscreen videos.
This make for a far nicer overall experience.
This release comes with gnome 2.24. It’s a good improvement over 2.22.
One of the best things about gnome 2.24 is tabbed browsing in nautilus.
I think it will do for file browsing like tabs did for web browsing.
Another improvement is how the drives are presented.
Ubuntu also added a nice little app to the default installation.
It’s a crap remover. It removes unnecessary packages from your pc (old kernels, …).
Also, the applications in the repositories are upgraded to their newest version.
Ubuntu 8.10 integration of PulseAudio has improved a lot for me. No more of the little problems it had in 8.04.
The beta has been as stable as Hardy for me, no issues at all.
Ubuntu 8.10 is more polished, faster and even more user friendly release compared to the previous releases.
If you are using a ATI card and you aren’t using a production machine, upgrade now.
Note: a in depth review on Ubuntu 8.10 will be done when the final version is out.