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Ubuntu 7.04 Alpha 5+ - Another major update

Another major update came across the wire today: 149 packages downloaded and installed. Observations so far include:
  • A new kernel update, to 2.6.20-10. The kernel was built using gcc 4.1.2, which is also part of this installation.
  • Gnome is now officially upgraded to 2.18.0. According to the release notes, 180 new contributers were added. Not bad for a project that was recently cited as in decline.
  • Sound is working again. I moved the speaker input from a PCI card (brand unknown at this time) to the built-in sound output, and wouldn't you know it, that's the sound port that's enabled. Which leads to the questions; (1) what is that card, and (2) why was it occasionally enabled in the past? Under Windows that card worked. Hmm...
  • I checked out WMV high-definition clip of Harry Potter, and neither Totem nor VLC play back with sound. But everything else plays back fine. That means there's something special about the Suse installation of both Totem and VLC, since they play back WMV HD clips, or at least this on.
  • Control Center is still off the System menu. The long preferences menu is still there. Not good. But not a show stopper by any means. My upper panel still has the button that launches Control Panel, but unless you know about it, a lot of users will miss it. And I do feel it is much superior to the drop-down menus.
  • For whatever reason, the system seems somewhat faster, the desktop response snappier.
Is this the final release? We're two weeks away from the first of April, the release month. It would seem a good idea to get the final release on the download servers and ready for final release right about now.

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  1. Schedule:
    March 22nd - BetaRelease
    April 12th - Release Candidate
    April 19th - FinalRelease

    :)

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