While using Ubuntu 8.10 Intrepid Ibex Beta i was able to use the new features in the Nautilus file manager. The first change to Nautilus that i noticed while using Ubuntu 8.10 Beta was the large Eject icon that appears next to mounted devices in the Places window to the left side of Nautilus. Clicking on the Eject icon unmounts the device while clicking on the device will mount it again. I found this to be quite useful and a quickway to mount and unmount devices in Ubuntu 8.10.
The Natutilus file manager also includes easy to add, tabbed browsing. Now you can have multiple folders open in separate tabs. Create a new tab in Nautilus file manager y selecting File — New Tab or pressing (Ctrl + T). By right clicking on the tabs you can move them left and right or close the tab.
Here’s a short video depicting these new features for the Ubuntu 8.10 Intrepid Ibex desktop.
Guest session is a new feature for the Ubuntu 8.10 Intrepid Ibex Linux desktop. Guest session allows users to use the user-switcher applet to select, a password-less account for a guest to use. This account will not allow them to permanently save any files or open administrative options. Now you can use Ubuntu’s guest session and loan your computer to a friend or let a classmate check their email, worry-free. This video on the Ubuntu 8.10 guest session shows how to change to a guest session from a regular user account on the Ubuntu 8.10 Intrepid Ibex desktop.
With the final stable release of Ubuntu 8.10 Intrepid Ibex set for October 30th 2008 the Alpha 6 version is out and offers us a sneak peek at the progress of the popular Linux distribution. The new alpha release includes a variety of enhancements and features along with some important bug fixes.
Some popular updates to Ubuntu 8.10 Alpha 6:
- Gnome 2.23.91
- X.org Server 7.4
- Linux kernel 2.6.27
- encrypted private directory
- guest session
- network manager 0.7
- Samba 3.2
- PAM authentication framework