I wanted to give another update on my Gutsy testing. I now have two of my laptops running Ubuntu 7.10 “Gutsy Gibbon” and they are both working just fine so far. I have been consistently submitting the bugs that I find (and thanks to all the rest of you doing the same!) Again, nothing to keep me from using the machine in production so far, just little oddities here and there.
Beyond the report above there is something else here that I think many of you will be interested in. With the release of Gutsy there will be a package called “ubuntu-restricted-extras” which includes the following:
cabextract flashplugin-nonfree gsfonts-x11 gstreamer0.10-ffmpeg gstreamer0.10-plugins-bad gstreamer0.10-plugins-bad-multiverse gstreamer0.10-plugins-ugly gstreamer0.10-plugins-ugly-multiverse jackd java-common liba52-0.7.4 libavcodec1d libavutil1d libcdaudio1 libdvdread3 libfaac0 libfaad2-0 libfreebob0 libgsm1 libid3tag0 libjack0 liblame0 libltdl3 libmad0 libmjpegtools0c2a libmms0 libmp4v2-0 libmpcdec3 libmpeg2-4 libqt3-mt libquicktime1 libsidplay1 libsoundtouch1c2 libx264-54 libxvidcore4 msttcorefonts odbcinst1debian1 qjackctl sun-java6-bin sun-java6-jre sun-java6-plugin ubuntu-restricted-extras unixodbc unrar
That is quite a bit of the “extra” stuff that many of us have installed manually or looked to third-party solutions like Automatix for. This is one more positive step in the right direction for ease of use, but perhaps not quite 100% when it comes to Free Software. Of course we all have to draw that line somewhere, up to you.
I’ll have more Gutsy updates soon and (hopefully) a tutorial on encrypted filesystems by this weekend. Thanks for reading.