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Ubuntu 11.10 Alpha 3 � behind the scenes with Oneiric Ocelot

Aug 05, 2011, 21:01 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Dave Walker)

[ Thanks to Linux User & Developer magazine for this link. ]

"As part of Ubuntu's stance of providing the best of open source/free software by default, the mail client Evolution has been switched to Mozilla's Thunderbird. This has meant that there has been a concerted effort for better desktop integration with Thunderbird, which many prior users have been wanting for some time. This is similar to the change we saw last cycle with the switch from Rhythmbox to Banshee media player. Whilst the original applications are still available in Software Centre, they are no-longer installed by default.

"Synaptic, the former default desktop package manager which has traditionally been dual default along with Ubuntu Software Centre has now also been dropped, the rational being that the replacement has now reached a level of maturity meaning that Synaptic has also been dropped as installed by default. However, this can be installed if the user desires. The Software Centre itself has undergone a makeover, which is currently in trunk; but was not part of the Alpha 3 release and possibly not the default for final Oneiric release."

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