Herd3

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Introduction

Ubuntu "Feisty Fawn" 7.04 has two and a half more months before its planned release on April 19th. Herd 3, the third Alpha release kicks off the most active period in the release schedule.

Note: This is still an alpha release. Do not install it on production machines. The final stable version will be released in April 2007.

Installation

Ubuntu's graphical installer, Ubiquity, now integrates partitioning and selection of mount points, similar to the partitioner on the alternate install CD.

There are still several missing pieces here: the [https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Ubiquity/AdvancedPartitionerRewrite graphical disk view] isn't implemented yet; validation doesn't work properly; and it's slower than it should be. Backups are still recommended before using this. If you want to use the old partitioner instead, run ubiquity --old-partitioner from a terminal window.

New Desktop Applications

GNOME Control Center

GNOME Control Center changes settings including fonts, keyboard and mouse properties, sound setup, themes, desktop background, accessibility, and screen resolution.

The new interface in Feisty groups similar tasks, and includes instant search.

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Evolution 2.9.4

Evolution 2.94 adds many new features including a vertical preview.

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Ekiga 2.0.4

Ekiga is a VoIP and video conferencing that supports many audio and video codecs. Since it uses SIP and H323 it works with other SIP compliant software. The release that just hit Feisty is a major "bug fix and polish" release, making it much more user-friendly.

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Epiphany 2.17.90

Epiphany is a web browser that's powerful and simple. It uses the same rendering engine as Firefox but integrates more closely with the GNOME desktop. New features in this release include new theming options, bookmarks, history, and menus.

GEdit 2.17.4

GEdit is a graphical programmer's editor with tabs, syntax highlighting, automatic indentation, spell-check, print preview, and a wide variety of plugins. This release includes more intelligent behavior.

Xfce 4.4

Thunar

Thunar replaces the previous file manager, Xffm. It includes basic file management functionality as well as advanced features, including the ability to rename multiple files at a time and recognition of removable media upon inserting the media or plugging in the drive.

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Xfce-panel

The Xfce-panel can now support multiple panels out of the box. The new Panel Manager allows for easy configuration of panel preference, including, Transparency and Panel Opaqueness.

Many Panel plugins now run as seperate processes, preventing crashes from unstable plugins from crashing the whole panel.

Preferred Applications

An new way to specify preferred Web Browser, Mail Reader, Terminal Emulator and other apps.

Faster Searching

Now available from Ubuntu repository is the latest stable release of Tracker, a fast small desktop search tool. Version 0.5.4 features incredible indexing speed, very low resource usage, improved mime and text file detection, and FUSE-based filesystem support. Frontend improvements include better deskbar integration and bug fixes.

Also available from the repositories is Beagle, a desktop search tool. This version contains bug fixes, memory usage reductions, and a few new backends.

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Simpler Multimedia

Easy Codec Installation has been implemented in Feisty Fawn Herd 3, When trying to play media files, Ubuntu will try to install the necessary codecs automatically, and start playing the desired file.

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Networking Improvements

New in Feisty is Network Manager, a simple way to find and connect to wireless and wired networks.

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New Zeroconf support makes it easy to network desktop computers without needing servers to assign IP addresses or names.

Virtualization

Kernel Virtual Machine

Users with Intel's VT or AMD-V technology can use KVM, which offers fast paravirtualization. This is still in testing and may not make the final release.

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VMware

Feisty's kernel also includes VMware's VMI layer. This is may also not make the final release.

Language Support

Gnome 2.17.90 and GEdit 2.17.4 have had many additional languages added.

Download Herd 3

Get it while it's hot. ISOs and torrents are available at:

Reporting Bugs & Testing

Feisty Fawn has bugs! (I bet you're not surprised). Your comments, bug reports, patches and suggestions will help fix bugs and improve future releases. Please report bugs through Malone.

If you want to help out with those bugs, the Bug Squad is always looking for help.

If you plan to do an installation of Feisty Herd 3, be sure to head to [https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Testing/ReportingResults Test Reporting Wiki]. With just a few minutes of time at your hands, you can really help to improve Ubuntu. We have two different tests; one takes just a short while, but the other is more thorough.

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More Information

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Previous Herds

Credits

Herd 3 release notes were brought to you by:

  • Martin Albisetti
  • Bryan Karen
  • Tony Yarusso
  • Colin Watson
  • Eldo Varghese
  • Mike MacCana

Feedback

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