A User's Look at Ubuntu 8.10 Intrepid Ibex
Nov 03, 2008, 02:03 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Keir Thomas)
"The good news for those with multiple monitors is that, once
Ubuntu is up and running, dual-desktop configuration works
flawlessly. Well, it did for me, at least, and I struggled to get
multiple monitors working with the 8.04 release on my notebook
(Intel graphics). Incidentally, 8.10 does away entirely with the
X.org configuration file, long the bane of newbies but also the
savior of more experienced users. The idea is that the graphical
subsystem "just works", and if it doesn't you're supposed to file a
bug report. As useful as this is, I can't help feeling this blind
automation is a step in the wrong direction. It's certainly not in
the hacking spirit of Linux.
"Network configuration has been given an almost total overhaul.
It's now possible to configure connections to 3G (GSM/CDMA) mobile
phones via NetworkManager. A wizard walks you through configuring
the phone connection, and you can choose from typical settings
needed for cellphone providers in your country. This is very neat
indeed, and approaches Apple's level of "it just works" usability
(although I should point out I couldn't test this feature, lacking
a compatible phone)."