Ubuntu 6.10 – "Edgy Eft" – released

Ubuntu 6.10 was released yesterday. Yes, I know that I’m a day behind…but better late than never, right? I’ve only had a little bit of time to play with it, but thus far I like what I see. It never fails to amaze me how many minor UI modifications can be made to this distribution in 6 months. Time after time, all of these little things add up to a fresh new look and feel for the Ubuntu desktop. As usual, if you already have Dapper installed you can upgrade to Edgy by changing your apt sources file; click here for details on upgrading your Ubuntu install.

Interesting to note (and somewhat disappointing) is that ShipIt – Ubuntu’s free CD request site – is not providing free Edgy Eft CDs at this time. Rather, it is offering free 6.06 LTS CDs and pointing the users looking for 6.10 to the download page. I’m hoping that this will change at some point in the near future, as I have used ShipIt to get Ubuntu CDs for every release thus far. I like the cover art of Ubuntu-provided CDs for two reasons – it is aesthetically pleasing, and it makes Ubuntu a much easier sell to Joe User who looks mistrustfully on my burned CDs in a plastic case.


A 20" Widescreen Monitor for How Much?

dell-e207wfp-thumb.jpgA cool $289 will pick you up one of these badboys. Nice.

Update: In a spectacular display of one-upmanship, MicroCenter has decided to offer the X20WC-Gamer 20″ (from Sceptre) for a cool $229. Note that this is not one of MicroCenter’s typical “$500 purchase with $270 worth of mail-in rebates” deals; the monitor is $229 (plus tax) out-of-pocket.