Ubuntu Linux 8.10′s five best features

Ubuntu, as Linux kernel developer Greg Kroah-Hartman will tell you, hasn’t done much to date with improving the Linux kernel. On the other hand, as Canonical CEO and top Ubuntu guy Mark Shuttleworth pointed out in a recent press conference, “Ubuntu’s focus has been on high-quality integration.” Based on my work with the Ubuntu 8.10 release candidate, which goes final tomorrow, October 30th 2008, I agree with Shuttleworth.

I’ve been running Ubuntu 8.10, aka “Intrepid Ibex,” on a Gateway GT5622. This PC uses a 1.80GHz Intel Pentium Dual-Core E2160 processor. It has 3GB of RAM, a 400GB SATA II hard drive and a DVD R/W drive. For graphics, it uses the Intel GMA (Graphics Media Accelerator) 950, which was set to pull 224MB of RAM from main memory to use as shared video memory.

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