Ubuntu 8.10 is soon due. Hence Ubuntu Eee 8.10 will be released in the beginning of November. But what should Ubuntu Eee 8.10 consist of?

  • Base it on Ubuntu Intrepid – you can read more about these features over at ubuntu.com

    • Nautilus file manager has tab support and Eject icons for removable drives in Places sidebar
    • File Roller archive manager now supports ALZ, RZIP, CAB, TAR.7Z file types also
    • This release brings much better support for hot-pluggable input devices such as tablets, keyboards, and mice.
    • Linux kernel 2.6.27. This is a significant release with better hardware and numerous bug-fixes which is believed will provide overall improvement for Ubuntu 8.10.
    • Encrypted private directory
    • Guest session
    • Network Manager 0.7, which comes with long-expected features
    • “Last successful boot” recovery entry
    • DKMS. Allows kernel drivers to be automatically rebuilt when new kernels are released.
    • Samba 3.2
    • PAM authentication framework
  • OpenOffice 3 ?
  • More closed source codecs, sun java and windows fonts ?
  • Customized kernel by Adam
  • Fixes fixes and customizations run at boot time by Ferry Hendrikx
  • Netbook remix mode / Regular desktop mode – changer

Do you have ideas for what we should include?

Screenshots from phoronix and tombuntu

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No Responses to “What should Ubuntu Eee 8.10 consist of?”

  1. Phil Grace November 9, 2008 at 3:35 am #

    As the Tech Coordinator for a school district I can see a few small things that if added would be a huge deal for school districts. First, it would be nice to have just a few edu and game packages included by default. The Eee Pc distro and Linpus lite include these by default. Second, a management app maybe based on sabayon so the settings can be locked. Lastly, an imaging app that allows admins to set up a netbook exactly as they want, then build an installable image that anyone can install. I’m talking installer that’s almost fully automatic with maybe a couple key presses. This way flash drives or SD cards can be distributed and installed by admins, teachers, or students themselves.

    I think netbook remix is off to a fantastic start, just maybe it could be made a little bit more friendly for the education environment. With some tweaks I could see schools all over the nation wanting to adopt this platform for 1 to 1 setups.

  2. MattV November 9, 2008 at 1:00 pm #

    How about using Songbird instead of the usual players.

    With the right plugins it means it works better with iPod/iTunes…

  3. jin choung November 9, 2008 at 11:08 pm #

    oh also, i’m on a 701 and the ubuntu eee DOES feel a bit slow and sluggish… and youtube and flash vid clips that used to play fine on the xandros system stutters on the ubuntu eee.

    other than that i LOOOOooove it! great job and thank you very much.


  4. Gator November 10, 2008 at 10:10 am #

    Support for the AA1 110/150 to fix the Realtek and Cardreader problems…

  5. Midnite Mac November 12, 2008 at 7:09 am #

    I would highly suggest a Full system backup utility :)

    In favor of the ‘Ubuntu-Eee’ OS

    Please someone let me know if there is one…


  6. Charlie Dobbie November 13, 2008 at 12:35 am #

    Please please please cut the OS back a bit more!

    No CUPS, no manufacturer-specific printer drivers, bare minimum of logging by default, no braille, bare minimum of extra libraries, don’t double-up on applications purely to provide extra choice.

    Less is more on resource-constrained hardware!

  7. Jaume November 13, 2008 at 1:49 am #

    Try this daemon to control Fn keys and CPU speed

    I think it’s much better than the default eee-config

  8. David November 13, 2008 at 5:43 am #

    Thanks for the work, this is nice on the 701. OpenOffice 3 would be sweet, I tried the regular Ubuntu ppa they released for Intrepid, but Ubuntu eee would have none of it.
    If possible, also including the snd-hda-intel file for 701 users of Skype. The fix is easy enough, but this would be nice integrated.

    I think the current os size is fine. I plopped in 2gb ram, so didn’t create a swap on install and I still had enough room to add plenty applications and games. Maybe another suggestion, if possible, would be to have the partitioner select “Ext 2” as the default for the install process.

    And maybe leave a space at the top toolbar so we can more easily select toolbar properties (like autohide and such). It took me a while to figure this out for nbr. Having Add/Remove as default would be nice too, I got spoiled on that and cried my way through Synaptic before figuring out where Add/Remove was hiding.

    I changed my desktop background to black so the nbr screen didn’t look so hokey. I mean, it looked beautiful regardless, I just didn’t like seeing the regular desktop behind the nbr screen.

    Again though, great job! The tweaks I’ve had to do for my eee are way less and a lot easier than putting Ubuntu on my Aspire One. The website has a nice polish to it too.

  9. flomar November 14, 2008 at 2:01 am #

    hi there,

    jon, i really thank you for finally bringing Ubuntu to my EEE PC in an easy and non time intensive way. from spotting your project to a running system it took me a couple of hours – after a week of usage, i simply love it! ;)

    to answer your question, in my opinion it is more important to have a stable basis with complete hardware support and a minimum amount of bugs. therefore i’d prefer if you just bugfix the hardy heron (a LTS!) until it is a “perfect” system on any EEE PC and then consider upgrading to ibex/jaunty/jaunty+1/etc… just for the competition.

    keep up the excellent work,

    p.s.: like already said before, on of my top “feature requests” would be a shorter boot time (<60sec to idle desktop)

  10. Kim Kleyboecker November 14, 2008 at 7:19 pm #

    Ubuntu-eee works better and is more useful than the Xandros that came installed on my 900A (1GB RAM, 4GB SSD). I have it installed with swap on an SD card and /tmp and logging pointed to tmpfs. Thank you so much.

  11. Filippo November 16, 2008 at 3:52 am #

    a light os…. no non strictly necessary apps…. no evolution no bluetooth no tomboy no totem no transmission no libmono no unnecessary ttf etc…. we can install what we prefer later… like mplayer and not totem, thunderbird and not evolution etc

  12. Sam Britt November 26, 2008 at 4:07 am #

    I just got my Eee, installed Ubuntu Eee and am loving it—thanks for your work on this!

    I’ll add my vote to those suggesting a minimalist distro with super-fast boot times.

  13. inkdan November 28, 2008 at 10:14 pm #

    a good new name for Ubuntu Eee. Is
    Is that briliant
    or did someone else think of it.
    get it?
    replace the 3 “U’s” with three “E’s”
    sorry for the intrusion. i will go back to my hole till spring

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