EasyPeasy 1.6 is finally more or less complete. Even though it’s not ready for download, I’m updating you like this because I promised to do so. What’s left to do is updating to the latest linux kernel (which is what improves hardware support and battery life) released later today. Also, it’s a little big (830 mb download) so I will work at slimming it down.

What you’re seeing here is based on the, not yet released, Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid. We’re keeping the great artwork by Lasse and Mark and have changed the default theme to Ambiant. This theme gives us a sleek monocrome looking top panel. There are also changes to the desktop launcher which now slides through your installed applications. Pidgin Messenger has been swapped out with Empathy. The Empathy team has the same mission as us – to make it work out of the box: Chatting, sharing, remote desktop connection etc. all works without any configuration.

I’ve been sitting a lot at the same place developing this, so I thought I’d share a pic with our avid blog readers. This is my desk at home.

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13 Responses to “EasyPeasy 1.6 update. Week 15”

  1. Matteo April 13, 2010 at 12:22 pm #

    I still can’t understand why you don’t change the ubuntu logo into the easypeasy logo! :-)
    Anyway, great work! I look forward to using it

    • Juancarlos March 27, 2012 at 3:51 pm #

      Posted on incredible, that was a very good read. In ccnolusion, someone who actually thinks and understands what they are blogging about. Quite difficult to find of late, especially on the web . I bookmarked your web blog and will make sure to keep coming back here if this is how you always write. thank you, keep it up! .

  2. Microyacht April 14, 2010 at 6:08 pm #

    Looking good. Getting excited now! Will 1.6 have the right hand panel as well> Desktop/Network and all the drives listed etc etc like 1.5 has?


  3. ramvi April 14, 2010 at 7:00 pm #

    Microyacht, no, this is the new look for EasyPeasy :) Places has been changed to a option on the left side.

  4. speed April 15, 2010 at 12:13 am #

    get the google chrome as default ;)

  5. Geoffrey Allan Plauché April 15, 2010 at 1:57 am #

    Is Empathy ready for prime time yet? Last time I tried it it wasn’t, though that was some months ago when I upgraded to Ubuntu 9.10 on my desktop.

  6. cklammer April 17, 2010 at 7:12 am #

    Don’t forget Bluetooth and the new Blueman for those of us who want to use Internet wirelessly over Bluetooth with their mobile phones.

    And as long as 1.6 fits on a 1 GB USB stick forget about the slimming. As it is you’ll never get down to 512 MB and 1 GB is still a way to go. You might fill it up with some games – I like GnomeTris and Block Rage ;-)

    • J Brooks August 28, 2010 at 3:43 am #

      About games. I installed NBR 10.04 and the games it came w/. I’m bedbound a lot so they’re important along w/ the social networks. My favorites had bugs but when I went looking for updates for those games, it was like looking for sand in a carpet. Anyone have any ideas on how I can keep some of the games that came w/ Lucid but upgrade to their bug-free versions?

  7. VP April 19, 2010 at 7:14 am #

    Are we able to upgrade from 1.5 or does this require a clean install?

  8. Microyacht April 20, 2010 at 7:26 pm #

    B U T . . . when will it be ready to download! LOL

  9. Sam Juggins April 21, 2010 at 4:39 pm #

    I hope Skype works better, I could not get it to work properly under 1.5.

  10. ramvi April 23, 2010 at 4:53 pm #

    Matteo, thanks. Fixed – uploading release candidate now.
    speed, we’re considering it: http://getsatisfaction.com/easypeasy/topics/add_chrome . It’s a very nice browser. We think maybe it will be easier implementing EasyPeasy Sync with Firefox though.
    Geoffrey Allan Plauché, asked myself the same question. Ubuntu has been shipped with it for a long time now. EasyPeasy has sticked to Pidgin though. I’ve been playing a lot with Empathy lately to check if it’s ready for prime time, and my verdict is Yes. Excited to see how you feel about it
    VP, our main focus is on getting 1.6 out. When it’s done (which is about now) we’ll look into how to do the upgrade. I really hope we’re able to do it. Technically it’s hard because we skipped an Ubuntu release (we went from using jaunty to lucid as base).

  11. sam April 23, 2010 at 7:19 pm #

    Not chrome please – better chromium.

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