Edgy in name only

By Jason Brooks  |  Posted 2006-11-27 Email Print this article Print

Edgy in name only

Having emerged, mostly, from the depths of Windows Vista testing, I've turned my attention to Edgy Eft, the latest version of Canonical's Ubuntu Linux.

As its name is meant to imply, this most recent Ubuntu release is supposed to ride the bleeding edge. So far, however, I've found it fairly tame.

Edgy Eft ships with the latest GNOME version, complete with a vertical preview pane-enabled Evolution mail client (see screen). But, overall, I'm finding Edgy Eft less edgy than the Red Hat Fedora Core 6 release I recently reviewed. (See "Fedora Core 6: Innovations continue" at eweek.com.)

One big exception is Edgy Eft's new replacement for the init daemon that drives most Linux distributions. Edgy Eft's alternative, called upstart, should provide faster boot times and future management gains—the likes of which Mac OS X and Solaris users now enjoy from their respective operating systems' overhauled service startup frameworks.

Look for my review of Edgy Eft in a forthcoming issue and at eweek.com.

Jason has been a member of the Labs staff since 1999, and was previously research and technology coordinator at a French economic development agency. Jason covers the mobile and wireless space, including mobile operating systems such as Palm, Windows CE, Symbian and Linux, as well as the devices that run them. Jason has performed some of the most comprehensive tests published to date of the nascent Bluetooth wireless technology, including interference testing among Bluetooth and other wireless technologies such as 802.11. Jason also provides analysis of the desktop computing area, including Windows, Mac and Linux operating sytems, as well as productivity applications such as Microsoft Office, StarOffice, Lotus Notes, GNOME and KDE. Jason's review of StarOffice received the most hits of any story published on www.eweek.com.


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