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New stuff include
- Gnome 2.10.1, which makes the desktop a lot faster than before
- Simplified update- and package management
- Much faster boot process
- Better laptop support (ie suspending, hibernating, processor frequency scaling)
- Kickstart support for automated largescale installations
- Live CD and Install CD both use the new debian installer infrastructure
- UTF-8 by default
- A program for collecting information about what hardware works and what doesn't
- Kubuntu - complete KDE 3.4 based version of Ubuntu
Stuff people are going to bitch about
- No graphical installer. The current installer is extremely simple and has been streamlined even further in this release. A graphical installer is planned for the next version (Breezy Badger).
- No menu editor installed. One can always edit the files by hand, or install kmenu or something similar for gnome. The official gnome menu editor just didn't finish in time.
- No DivX or MP3 support. These are simple to add though and anyone coming from debian will probably already know of the Marillat repositories. Just look at the instructions in the wiki or use Hoary After-Install helper or another script to do the dirty work for you.
OSDir has published a lot of screenshots of Ubuntu.
Oh and if you are interested to know if your laptop or other piece of hardware is supported, some info can be found in the wiki on the Hardware support-page
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