What’s New in Ubuntu 7.04 Feisty Fawn


Canonical has announced the release of Ubuntu 7.04 Feisty Fawn . Jane Silber, director of Operations at Canonical said:

In the coming months, many individuals and businesses will be making the decision to upgrade their existing computer systems and their operating systems. With added features to both the desktop and server editions, Ubuntu 7.04 is the most user-friendly version to date and is ideally suited to anyone who wants to make the switch to Linux and join the community of Ubuntu users. In fact, with this version of Ubuntu, it is easier than ever to move away from proprietary platforms.

Ubuntu is great and even greater for people who are trying to Install Linux for the first time and Feisty Fawn is the easiest and the most rock solid Ubuntu release since Dapper. People like me who are now relatively old and loyal users of Ubuntu, would like to know about what is so new in this new release? This helps them make their mind for an upgrade.

  • It will be supported for 18 months.
  • Ubuntu 7.04 Feisty has a Windows migration tool which recognizes Internet Explorer bookmarks, Firefox favorites, desktop wallpaper, AOL IM and Yahoo IM contacts, and imports them all into Ubuntu during installation. It can also import other or all user accounts and their settings from Windows.
  • Wireless Networking improvements with Avahi that makes wireless connections easy.
  • Ubuntu Feisty Fawn offers easier Multimedia codecs and third party software installation. These packages were available already with early releases as restricted and copyrighted proprietory packages. Now Ubuntu makes it even easier to install proprietory, restricted and third party applications/drivers and codecs.
  • There are two new games in Gnome Games, glches the Chess game in Gnome style and sudoku. I don’t even remember playing any of the default Gnome games. I hope that the new Gnome Games team would realize the urgency of this matter and would consider adding something really fun and addictive.
  • Once you have installed Feisty don’t forget to check out the new Desktop effects. These Desktop effects are preview of upcoming Linux Desktop world. Turned off by default for users with older machines.

Those who are going to try their first ever Linux, will be surprised to find out that how easy it is to install Ubuntu and how pretty it looks. Those migrating from Dapper would appreciate the easy codec, third party tools and proprietory software installations.

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4 thoughts on “What’s New in Ubuntu 7.04 Feisty Fawn

  1. I have tried Ubuntu 7.04 and it is pretty good. It is the first Ubuntu distro I have tried which mounted and make NTFS volumes on my PC available for reading/writing itself without me configuring anything while running it as a live CD. Good job by Canonical!

    I would strongly recommend Ubuntu (and Windows) users to use it to be convinced of the ease. Depending on where you live, you can get it from http://www.linux-pakistan.com (Islamabad/Karachi/Quetta)or from http://www.linuxpakistan.net(Karachi/or have it shipped anywhere in Pakistan). I hope this info helps those who want to get it. 🙂

  2. Ahh, Ubuntu. The import feature seems to means volumes-trying to convince people to try Linux just got eaiser. The thing is, people won’t care that this is a new version, and that it is so easy to import, when Linux scares them off. People don’t like change. Linux is easy, but different-and when my dad looked at linux, his first question was, “Where is the Start Button?” He got the applications menu pretty quickly, but some things became difficult-he had driver problems, software issues, etc. Then he wanted his files backed up. I had written a script that backed up my files to a network hard drive in my house, so I loaded that and ran it. He saw the terminal, and immediately got scared. Second story-convinced a friend of mine whose family had never owned a computer to save some money and use Linux. They tried it out. They still use Linux, understand the terminal perfectly, have beryl running, and have installed software not in the repos (convincing people to use an OS that makes you type ./configure and make to install software is hard).

    Therefore, the windows users will stick with windows. The Linux people will wonder why in god’s name their friends defragment their hard drives and update every program manually each week. Have I seen Windows users switch to Linux? Yes-me. No one else I know has.

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