after about a day of downloading 1,435 packages which boils down to 972 megabytes, i finally got interpid ibex installed and running. here’s what appears to be new, at least, in my eyes.
make usb start up disk: it will set up your usb disk so that you can use it as an installer for ubuntu. it was glaring at me on the menu under system > administration.
gimp 2.6.1: image editing program for those of you who doesn’t know. its a pretty good replacement for photoshop.
system cleaner: when i first launched this program it had a list of packages that were just sitting there doing nothing so i pressed the “clean up” button AND I RECOVERED ABOUT 200 MEGABYTES OF HARD DISK SPACE.
network connections: the type of connection is now organized and sectioned off by tabs. if i remember correctly, there were all mixed up in one section. the network manager has also been improved. i just hope that they fixed it enough that it doesn’t randomly shutdown my computer.
guest session: its for those times when a friend or officemate wants to borrow your workstation for a bit. go into a guest session and they will not be able to access your data or the system area. it seems like its similar to a guest account in windows — access is limited.
there are more changes but most of them are “under the hood”. the major change would be the use of a new kernel — 2.6.27. i also noticed that adobe’s shockwave player is not at version 10 and it now supports youtube’s high resolution videos. in general, viewing multiple videos from two sources is much better now.
there are also some let downs.
i was hoping that the upgrade included version 3 of openoffice. unfortunately not but i have heard that it will come.
and lastly, i was able to upgrade (but separately) to version 1.0.1 of wine.