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T Minus 16 And Counting

No you geeks, that wasn’t the beginning of a math equation, that is when the next release of Kubuntu will be out. Yes that’s right, Kubuntu! Everyone else shows off the brownage, except for a select few of us, we prefer the blue.

Some of the new things you can expect with Kubuntu 7.10 are KDE 3.5.7, Amarok 1.4.7, Dolphin (new default KDE file manager – Konqueror is still there, don’t worry), digiKam 0.9.2, maybe some Strigi goodness, a new GDebi KDE front end for easy .deb file installation, and so much more. If you are interested in seeing how the changes have been moving along, feel free to read over the following release notes of the development releases:

You know, honestly the release of 7.10 doesn’t excite me much anymore, what does excite me is the day they open up the repos for developers to start working on 8.04. Then a week or so later, it is dist-upgrade time. Hard for me to stay on a “stable” system, even though I have yet to really run into destruction with development snapshots (“knock on wood”).

Anyways, if you are in the Chicago land area on October 21, 2007 between the hours of 10am and 4pm, we will be holding a 7.10 release party as well as an install fest. Where you ask? At the College of DuPage in the SRC building, room 1544. If you are interested, keep an eye out on our broken Ubuntu Chicago website, or take a look at the CoDLUG website. If you can’t wait, this weekend at the University of Illinois at Chicago, I will be giving a KDE 4 talk. Interested in showing up to the talks and the install fest? Take a look at the Install Fest website.

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  • I’m like that too, always dist-upping to the bleeding repo 🙂 The last time something horridly broke was the 6.8->7.0 transition, and before that, something on Debian, where they were a bit careless about what gets into the repository.

  • Running on pre-release versions is addicting. I love to read about the changes made in the updates, and then see the changes appear before my very eyes!

    However, we should mention that this is a VERY dangerous way to run a computer, and should ONLY be used if you do not mind losing all data on the computer. This works great if you have a laptop that you only use for browsing the web.

    I just don’t want to see any people upset about Ubuntu because they lost all their data when running on an pre-release. Don’t you agree?


  • Hey, if you lose your data with Ubuntu, come on over to Kubuntu, we will Keep (cheesy, I know) your data safe. In the past 5 years of running “pre-release” versions, I haven’t lost anything, that I didn’t want to lose. Well one time I did lose everything, but that was an error by me. Forgot to log in to my chroot before deleting the ~/ 🙂 oops.

    You are right though, it isn’t the data loss that could occur with a pre-release, more so than it is the instability and buggy’ness of it.

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