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.