What`s with Gutsy`s Performance?

Posted on October 16, 2007. Filed under: Gutsy Gibbon |

Innumerable Blogs are already up on the web about the new features that are incorporated in the Gutsy Gibbon release of Ubuntu, Ver. 7.10. For a better and clearer picture, you should check the Official Gutsy Beta Page here. What I`ve tried here in this post is to present you readers with how did the new features turn up. The computers on which I installed the Beta Version of Gutsy Gibbon are a Desktop (Core2Duo2.00 Ghz, 2GB RAM, 160 GB Hard Disk and 128 MB nVidia Geforce graphics card) and my DELL Inspiron 6400 Notebook (Core Duo 1.73 Gigs, 1 GB RAM, 120 GB HDD, INTEL Graphics Media Accelerator series 950). I also have an always on Internet Connection.

 

Upgrading from 7.04 to 7.10 was pretty damn hassle-free and took no time. All the upgradation process took place within 15 minutes. This probably might have happened due to the fact that my 7.04 box was fully up-to-date with all critical updates installed. In case you are not prompted to upgrade, you should check this UBUNTU official release. And then I restarted my Computer.

 

Wow! The new GNOME 2.20 really is good, I mean eye-soothing. The new default font is an icing on the cake. Lots others have changed. The disk properties now shows a pie chart information on disk usage as in the windows. The battery management tool has improved drastically. The data that it shows is now much more accurate, than Windows even. It also shows various graphs about battery charging, discharging, Voltage. If you want to know more about Gnome`s 2.20 features, hold on till 18th october and then do-so by installing the Gutsy User Edition. I would recommend not to go for the beta test edition unless you are a geek.

 

Fusion was enabled by default. But there were some start-up hassles on the Desktop, due to the nvidia graphics card. It was re-paired by manually editing the xorg.conf file and including “nv” in the video driver`s list. This must have been addressed in the User Version. On the laptop, having the intel graphics chip, fusion started all hassle free. What a crisp look, dude. I`ve fallen for the looks of Gutsy with Fusion enabled.

 

Desktop Search is not upto the mark. Indexing process goes on smooth, but sometimes it misses the linked photo files, when indexing a saved webpage. If you are an avid desktop search user, then better use or stick to Google Desktop Search. It`s way better. Also, I would recommend Laptop users to avoid any desktop search application. These applications generally do the indexing process when your computer is idle. Thus your hard drive never rests (except when you shut down) and the disk in your HDD is on constant move.

 

The User Switcher applet is awsome piece of addition to the 2.20 Gnome. Really saves time. You can now switch between Root and your user account with just a few clicks, No more logging offs etc.

 

Firefox Extensions are now available on the add/remove program menu. If you use firefox, it`s again good for you that you get the avid no. of plugins right on your desktop.

 

The X Configuration Program now comes in built with the Gutsy. So no more xorg.conf file configurations. You can now use the GUI to change your display type, Screen Resolution, Colour Scheme. You also have the option of manually selecting the driver for your graphics card, in case the default configuration (done by gutsy) doesn`t fully optimise your graphics card. And as the New Feature page of ubuntu gutsy says:

 

Several drivers, including ones for ATI, nVidia, and Intel graphics chips now support the X Resize and Rotate Extension (xrandr). This enables dynamic monitor detection, and resizing and rotating of video output, for no-fuss support for projectors and external monitors.

 

Believe me, all this works.

 

The Automatic Printer wizard, as they say detects all printers and installs the, but in my case, I am still struggling to get my Canon i320 to work. It didn`t work even on the 7.04 Fiesty Fawn. NTFS Partitions are recognised by default and are Read/Write enabled. Thanks to the NTFS-3g and FUSE Utils inclusion in Gutsy.

Gutsy gibbon also includes the SELinux policy, permission editor in form AppArmor. This program is terminal based and to know more about it, you may visit https://help.ubuntu.com/community/AppArmor.

 

Lets keep our fingers crossed for the Release of 7.10 Final Version, on the 18th of this month.

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