Thursday, September 10, 2009

New, New, New

I thought I would just say WOW!

There are little touches in Karmic that just make me think why wasn't this in before. This has actual got to the point now where I am seriuosly thinking of upgrading my main box.

Quicky on disc control:
When you have a pen drive that you drop on a copy of Ubuntu (insert your choice of desktop) on, wouldn't it be nice to name it and format it nicely and easily. How about we plug in the drive right click on the drive icon add a label and format the drive at the same time? Well karmic has this and boy you take it for granted once you start using it and move back to a jaunty box and don't.

How about faster Browsing:
With Firefox3.5.2 currently in Karmic I have to admit I'm impressed. It's by and far the fastest Firefox release so congratulations to them. But how about something a little lighter for your netbook, well the latest epiphany now has a webkit gtk backend this is easily as firefox but with one big avantage (in my opinion) on ssd drives it uses less disk swaping so it sits there happily producing pages without many hitches.

Empathy has some really nice touches:
I have to admit at first I thought that empathy was far too basic, it had flashes of genius but wasn't quite there. Well thanks to a lot of usibilty work it is now a lot easier to setup and less confusing, there still some work to be done but I have got to take my hat off to the devs this app goes from strength to strength. I can't wait for the full release of this app, I think it will be a really great start for it and Ubuntu, I can't wait to see what extra features get added for gnome 3.