After Ubuntu released Edgy the last week I watched the forums in order to catch the first impressions and I have to say, I’m not amazed.
Many users had big problems trying to install, it seems there are some problems with drivers for video cards and other devices. But overcoming problems were always part of the average Linux user’s life, the real problem is that all seem to agree that this new release isn’t that cutting edge as expected. There are some interesting updates like the replacement of the old init daemon with upstart, and new versions of KDE and GNOME. Speaking of which, there seem to be quite a few problems with updating software, it seems that some of the latest versions are considered to be obsolete and a older software is installed.
But the whole thing is not that dark. It seems that the driver support, though faulty is quite extensive and supports a wide array of devices such as wireless devices, scanners, printers, etc. Also there are some additions to the packet management system such as the new -autoremove argument that can be used with ‘apt-get’ in order to remove unnecessary packages left behind by removing something.
All in all Edgy seems to be promising but not quite the cutting age expected to be.
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