First of all, I know it is an Alpha version, however it is the last alpha version and today just happened the Beta Freeze. So, I decided to try the new Ubuntu on my Lenovo’s Thinkpad T61 (all chipsets are Intel). My impressions were very good at a first glance, however after installing I needed to remove a lot of Gnome’s configuration files.
What surprised me:
- Network Manager 0.7 is becoming a very powerful tool, now supporting also GSM and ADSL.
- Network interfaces can be activated at boot time (configurable also via Network Manager).
- Flash Plugin upgraded to 10, solving the annoying issues of overlapping over menus and other page items.
- New Kernel 2.6.27 with new drivers (Now my wifi light is on)
- The Pidgin was upgraded to 2.5.1
- The volume control is now integrated with Pulse Audio.
What disappointed me:
- The Network Manager does not recognise my mobile phone over Bluetooth or USB
- My Flash Blocker plugin is not working anymore (tryied to reinstall everything)
- The Kernel still in development, so the suspend does not work
- My Ricoh Card Reader still does not support Memory Stick due the lack of a kernel driver
- The is some graphical bugs related to X and my Intel video.
In conclusion, the Ubuntu 8.10 will be very promising. There is a lot of bugs to be fixed until it reaches beta. Until then, I will be filling bugs and tracking then very closely on Launchpad.