Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Yes got a date with the hospital.

Nov 1st I see the new specialist hurah.

Also a review Edgy Eft Ubuntu 6.10 release.

It rocks it's official too. No seriously there were a couple of key apps that were missing from dapper on the gnome desktop. the first was a decent cd/dvd burning tools, now in the repos for Edgy is a new Brasero (a.k.a bonfire) which will revolutionise Burning cd's in gnome. The only KDE app I ever could say way out striped a gnome equivalent was K3b but now Brasero is get close and quicklty to remedying this situation I would say that it is not as feature rich as K3b but it isn't far off and it's a hell of a lot younger too. The second was a good photo manager Gthumb the default was okay but not great now that F-spot has become the default (which was the app I would always install anyway) even this situation is now not a problem.

To top it off though there has been so much work gone on under the hood it is unreal. Upstart has reinvented the init wheel (init being the program that starts and stops stuff in Linux). This is an amazing piece of software the speed increase is so impressive it has to be seen to be believed My system would slowly wake up when I switched it on and slowly lie back down when switching off. Now however I am happy to say that my pc is up and running in approximately 34-37 seconds and shutdown speed is quicker still. It is amazing to think that the Ubuntu Distro is only just coming up on 2 years of age and has developed so much so quickly.

There is only one gripe that I have Launchpad seaches if I type in a symptom rather than a package as I don't know what the package is it doesn't find a bug. If I type in the name of a package I know to be faulty but the person who first wrote the bug didn't then it doesn't find the bug. I think then there is the problem of different peoples view on what the bug is doing. As an example the boot splash screen doesn't work so I looked for a bug and couldn't find one it turned out there was one but it was a more technical bug report about a seg fault which caused the problem. First message I get though is that this is a duplicate bug of xxxxx. Launchpad itself though is an awesome piece of engineering and I commend the guys behind it just need a more uniform way to report the bug so searches can more readily find bugs. This I think would then make launchpad an absolutely amazing app, which knowing Ubnutu is what they are aiming at.


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