April 20, 2006 1:59 PM PDT

Ubuntu: Get set for 'cutting-edge' Linux

The Ubuntu Linux project hopes to release later this year a groundbreaking product that could include support for virtualization and some mixed 32- and 64-bit architectures.

The next update to the Ubuntu version of Linux--Dapper Drake--is set for release on June 1, six weeks later than originally planned. The project will recommend this operating system release for people who need "super-solid and super-predictable results," Ubuntu's founder, Mark Shuttleworth, said on Wednesday. In contrast, the subsequent release, Edgy Eft, will be "cutting-edge, perhaps bleeding edge" with "brand-new code and infrastructure," he said.

"An eft is a youthful newt, going through its first exploration of the rocky territory just outside the stream. And that's exactly what we hope the development team will do with Ubuntu during the Edgy cycle--explore slightly unfamiliar and uncharted territory that is perhaps a little out of the mainstream," Shuttleworth wrote in an e-mail to project members.

Although the Ubuntu distribution is less than two years old, it has risen in popularity among the Linux community.

Edgy Eft is scheduled for release around October 2006. It may include features such as support for XGL graphics software and the Smart Package Manager, which promises to make it easier to install and upgrade software.

"So dream a little about Xen for virtualisation, Xgl/AIGLX and other wonderful wobbly window bits, the goodness of Network Manager, a first flirt with multiarch (multiple architecture) support for true mixed 32-bit and 64-bit computing on AMD64, the interesting possibilities of the SMART package manager...and other pieces of infrastructure which have appeared tantalisingly on the horizon," Shuttleworth said in the e-mail.

But Shuttleworth said he will not be deciding what features will be in the release, and that it is up to the community to decide.

"I'm promising to impose (almost ;-) ) zero from-the-top requirements for Edgy, this release is entirely up the to development team to envision and implement," he wrote. "Almost everything that lands in Edgy will be driven from the development team, who get to play with whatever new technologies they fancy along the way. So that should give us a nice big bump in infrastructure and bling."

Ingrid Marson reported for London-based ZDNet UK.

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No KDE? No thanks
Sorry, I am not very insterested in the Gnome Desktop. Until they support KDE I won't be using Ubuntu again.

I know I know, I have used Kubuntu but I wasn't impressed. Besides I don't believe Kubuntu is officially supported by Ubuntu is it?

I'll stick with my Gentoo/KDE combo. Its super fast and looks great. Now if only KDE4 would hurry up and get done.
Posted by mcbutterbuns (25 comments )
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I love the number of choices we have. From beginner
to expert, there's a distribution that fits your
needs. Ubuntu is excellent for beginners, Fedora
for more sofisticated users. Slackware for
hackers, etc, etc.
Posted by Johnny Mnemonic (374 comments )
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Yes, it's part of Ubuntu
Yes, Kubuntu is an official part of Unbuntu, as is Edubuntu. The idea is KDE users won't have to download all of Gnome, and Gnome users won't have to download all of KDE. So if you didn't like Kubuntu, then you wouldn't like Unbuntu. Plenty of distros to pick from.
Posted by noldrin (17 comments )
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Stick with what 'ya got
I would venture to say that if you are already using Gentoo - you'll best stick with what you have. Ubuntu takes the point of being Linux for "everyone" and it may just not suit your needs. If you are already using Gentoo, and you tend to be more specific in your needs, then Ubuntu may not be the *best* choice in your situation.

I use Ubuntu both at home and work (although IT doesn't know that... )and it works fine for my Linux needs - plus I take the counter approach: KDE in it's current iteration is getting to be a bit stale and I think Gnome has a great user interface - so I concur with your statement regarding waiting for KDE4.... it does look promising...
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You could wait for SimplyMepis 6
I heard they will use Ubuntu as their core now. But then again, Gentoo's cool because it's optimized for your hardware. Yeah, better stick with your current setup, I guess. They say Plasma may come at the end of the year, i hope...
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Ubuntu with KDE Exists
If you prefer KDE, try Kubuntu. (Kubuntu.org)
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