Ubuntu Gutsy Gibbon - Tribe 1

As is traditional with development Ubuntu releases, whenever the first alpha (or in this case, Tribe) is released, I download and install it in a virtual machine. This release is no different. And if you have a dying ambition to install it right now, I suggest you hold back. You won't find too much different from Feisty.

Of course, the main thing to note for this release is it is ("was" by now) an exact copy of Debian unstable. Which means you have the bleeding-edge versions of:

  • GNOME
  • KDE
  • XFCE
  • The Gimp
  • Pidgin
and all of the packages currently in Universe. It's all new.

However, even though everything is new, you won't see anything too new. Notable upgrades are Pidgin and Gimp, but thats about it. GNOME for now pretty much looks the same, however do note that we are still very early in the development phase.

Gimp is probably the big upgrade here. It seems to have had quite a bit of a usability overhaul. The default windows and toolbars are much more organized.... and well, I'll save the rest for my next posting. ;)

One thing I do want to note was how surprisingly stable it was. It never crashed once on me. Granted, by tomorrow when I update it, it will probably start to kernel panic, but for now it is very fast and stable.

That does not mean you should be out downloading and installing it on your main desktop. No no no, people would be mailing me to no end if I recommended that.

Use a virtual machine, or an old machine. Just not your main one.

Update: Shortly after I posted this, I received three emails about GTK 2.12, which has been decided to integrate into GNOME. The feature list is quite massive to say the least, but it looks like we'll be getting a lot of theme and usability upgrades.

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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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  1. # Posted on 08 June 2007 at 11:51 PM

    [...] my last post, I noted that the major upgrade to Feisty as of Tribe 1 was The Gimp. Now it’s time to see [...]



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