Well, ladies and gentlemen, if you’re into Web Development, and just in case you haven’t heard yet, Ubuntu 8.10 has just been released.
We use Ubuntu as the OS for our development servers and work-horse desktops. We have been pretty happy with it – as it’s friendly, powerful and has a large and dedicated user-base. What’s more it is based on Debian, meaning apt is the package manager (and that is something we certainly love).
I won’t go into to much detail about the release here, but I will say:
- We were really impressed with the updated theme in this release. I know, I know, it’s just the look, but looks matter too, and it really does look great.
- The new wireless and mobile networking manager is impressive and works well out-of-the-box.
- 8.10 is not a release that will be supported in the long-term. This release will only be officially supported until 2010, whereas Ubuntu 8.04, will be supported until 2011.
If you are even the slightest bit interested in using a Linux OS, you should definitely take a look at Ubuntu. We did, and haven’t looked back – we’ve already updated our workstations to 8.10.
By the way, if you are already using the 8.10 Release Candidate, there is no need to download the final ISO. Just update to the final version as you normally would: either through command line “sudo apt-get … ” or the GUI’s Update Manager.
For more information, check out Ubuntu’s site