Ubuntu 6.10 "Edgy Eft" review

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While still far from perfect, Ubuntu 6.10 "Edgy Eft" is both an improvement over the so-called "long-term support" release and a decent operating system in its own right. It's in a much better place than any other free-of-charge operating system has been before now, but I don't think it'll give any commercial operating systems a run for their money.

What's new in 6.10

At its core, each new Ubuntu Linux release includes a more recent Linux kernel and GNOME desktop environment. Version 6.10 ships with the 2.6.17 kernel and GNOME 2.16. The following enhancements and additions are also new to Ubuntu 6.10:

* Tomboy and F-Spot are now included in the default install.
* The system now boots more quickly through the Upstart init daemon.
* Firefox has been upgraded to version 2.0.
* Novell Evolution has been upgraded to version 2.8.0.
* New desktop, login, and icon graphics.

Most of these changes are minor and invisible, especially if you don't publish photos or take notes on your computer.

Putting it to the test

I'd been evaluating the beta builds of Ubuntu 6.10 before the release, and didn't have much success with them on most of my test machines.

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