David R. Heffelfinger

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Ubuntu Intrepid Ibex is coming, worth the upgrade?


Ubuntu 8.10, also known as Intrepid Ibex, is about to be released soon.

I downloaded the release candidate and installed it under VirtualBox, an open source virtual machine that allows operating systems to be installed inside other host operating systems, similar to VMWare.

My impression of Intrepid is that it is not much different from Hardy Heron, the main difference is that it has updated versions of all the included applications.

Having written three books using OpenOffice.org, my one wish list is an updated version of this free and open source office suite. Unfortunately I found out that Ubuntu Intrepid Ibex does not come with OpenOffice.org 3.0, which is the recently released latest version.

I'm sure OpenOffice.org will end up in the Ubuntu Backports repository, but it feels kind of "hackish" to have to install it that way. It would be nice if OpenOffice.org 3.0 was included by default.

I may end up upgrading anyway, just to get updated versions of other applications, however I don't have that "must update now!" feeling I've had when other versions of Ubuntu were released.

 
 
 
 
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