Ubuntu 7.04, the Feisty Fawn, released

Today Canonical software announced its latest version of the popular Ubuntu operating system: version 7.04, the Feisty Fawn. This release was the first in a year to have a normal six-month schedule: Dapper had an extended eight months, and Edgy only had four.

Other than your standard mix of new applications, Feisty brings some new things in the mix. The first of these is Desktop Effects, or a modified Compiz. If you have a video card that supports AIGLX by default (Intel) or it can be configured (NVIDIA) you can turn it on simply by clicking Desktop Effects and the Enable in the preferences menu. You will instantly have wobbly windows and cube-spinning goodness.

Another addition, and the best in my opinion, is the option to automatically install the required codecs for a video file when you try to play it. You simply click to open the file, and if you do not have the codecs installed, Totem (the movie player) will ask you if you would like them to be installed for you. Click Yes, check a box, and click Install. You now have all of the codecs you need to play movies, including WMV9 (GStreamer only) without the need of the w32codecs package.

Another less popular, but still equally important feature, is extended virtualization support. The new kernel adds in support for processors that have virtualization modes, so you can now run other operating systems inside VMware/Qemu/VirtualBox a lot faster than previously possible.

One more thing I noticed that hardly gets any attention is a revamped help system. It now has much more documentation on common tasks, such as watching commercial DVDs and installing software. It also offers a way to get to the online manual easily.

The new distro also offers much more theme changes, including an updated Tango theme, new desktop wallpapers, and more customization options with certain themes such as Clearlooks.

Aside from the software itself, the forums are seeing a major spike in users and posts, as has the website. Ubuntu.com was offline due to capacity problems this morning, and while it is back on at the time of posting, you may still see some network slowness. If you are downloading Ubuntu, I encourage you to use a torrent if you have high-speed internet. You will be much more pleased waiting three hours or less on a torrent than ten hours or more using HTTP. If you do want to download directly, be sure to pick an off-site mirror to get faster speeds.

To download Ubuntu 7.04, visit this page:

http://www.ubuntu.com/getubuntu

If you are running Edgy (6.10), Update Manager should notify you in the next few days of a new release, and offer an upgrade. You do not have to upgrade, although I strongly encourage it. If you want to force an upgrade right now to Feisty, simply press Alt+F2, and in the box that appears, type gksu update-manager -c. You will be notified of a new release, and it will proceed to download anywhere from 600 MB to 800 MB of files, depending on what you already have installed.

Now that Feisty Fawn is out, be prepared for the next: Gutsy Gibbon, to be released six months from now.

Avatar for jacob Jacob Peddicord - http://jacob.peddicord.net/

Jacob is a web developer, student, and programmer from Ohio. He is a staff member at the Ubuntu Forums and is most likely a fanboy of the distribution. He loves to write in code and words, play video games, and rant about topics most would have abandoned long ago. Jacob uses GNOME and is never seen running stable software, much to the demise of his laptop.

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Discussion: Ubuntu 7.04, the Feisty Fawn, released

  1. Huw Leslie (guest)

    # Posted on 19 April 2007 at 01:39 PM

    I downloaded it and gave the Live CD a shot. It seemed quite nice, although it refused to do wireless networking, without any error message. All that happened was, well, nothing.

    Irritating, to say the least.

    It's good to see a linux distro really working hard in the desktop space though - the situation which used to face linux newbies of 'which distro do I choose' no longer exists to such an extent, because of such a clear market leader. There's still choice, of course, but I think the strength of Ubuntu can only strengthen operating system competition - something which has to be a good thing.



  2. Huw Leslie (guest)

    # Posted on 20 April 2007 at 04:32 AM

    Scrap that - wireless worked fine this time. Inexplicably, it gave me a completely different dialog box which worked!

    I'm in it now, thinking about whether I should dual boot.



  3. Jacob (guest)

    # Posted on 20 April 2007 at 07:36 AM

    Do it Huw - You know you want to. :-D



  4. Lee (guest)

    # Posted on 20 April 2007 at 08:48 AM

    Oooh, I want them wobbly windows, I'll be setting it downloaded in a bit through bittorrent, but for the time being my connections almost maxed out with the windows home server beta, maybe I should get my priorities right and give ubuntu the speed now :P



  5. # Posted on 22 April 2007 at 11:42 AM

    [...] the new version of Ubuntu, 7.04 Feisty Fawn is out. One of the new features Jacob told us about in his introduction was a new codec download feature. He explains it well, so I’ll reiterate that here: Another [...]



  6. Huw (guest)

    # Posted on 22 April 2007 at 03:57 PM

    I was going to - honest! My disk won't defrag enough, so I can't without reinstalling windows. Which I never do lightly (for obvious reasons!)

    BTW Jacob - the windows installer (the one that doesn't require a separate partition) isn't working for me. Where do I file a bug report?



  7. Jacob (guest)

    # Posted on 22 April 2007 at 04:26 PM

    Huw - the Windows installer is a third party project, so it isn't supported by Canonical. Hence, you won't find a bug tree on Launchpad. There seems to be some info here however: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/install.exe



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