1. Computers
  2. Display Drivers
  3. Graphics Cards
  4. Memory
  5. Motherboards
  6. Processors
  7. Software
  8. Storage
  9. Operating Systems


Facebook RSS Twitter Twitter Google Plus


Phoronix Test Suite

OpenBenchmarking.org

What's Coming Up For Ubuntu 11.10 & The Summit

Ubuntu

Published on 29 April 2011 02:11 AM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in Ubuntu
36 Comments

While Ubuntu 11.04 was just released, there's many (including us) already looking towards Ubuntu 11.10 as by then the new Unity desktop interface will hopefully be more polished and usable, there's many pending kernel and open-source Mesa / Gallium3D improvements to hopefully land by then, Wayland may see some experimental adoption, etc. Also, in just over one week, the Ubuntu Developers' Summit for 11.10 Oneiric Ocelot.

On Launchpad there are already the initial Ubuntu Developer Summit Blueprints for this next Ubuntu release. In looking over the list of 196 blue-prints for UDS-O, below is a list of some of the items that caught my interest.

- The Mozilla Thunderbird e-mail client may replace Evolution as the default e-mail program in Ubuntu 11.10.
- Potentially replacing GDM with LightDM.
- A discussion about the new rapid release process of Mozilla Firefox and how to handle that along with packages depending upon it and XULRunner.
- Bringing more packages up to GTK3/GNOME3. This includes porting their PyGTK2 applications to PyGI with GTK3.
- Improving Compiz for EGL and OpenGL ES 2.0 as part of better supporting Unity in Linaro 11.11.
- A decision whether to use X.Org Server 1.10 or X.Org Server 1.11. Their concern with upgrading the X Server is over potential ABI breaks and the proprietary graphics drivers lagging behind.
- What release of Mesa and the X.Org DDX drivers to target.
- Will Nouveau Gallium3D be enabled by default?
- Better OpenGL ES 2.0 support for the Cairo library.
- Networking enhancements in Ubuntu 11.10 thanks to the latest Networkmanager with support for WiMax, IPv6 in NetworkManager by default for Oneiric, etc.
- What they're trying to do for hardware testing/certification off the lines of PTS: OEM Certification Testing, Server Test Suite, Desktop Certification Scope, Community Hardware Testing.
- Shipping Unity2D and Qt as part of the default package-set. But because of this, it may mean there's no longer room for shipping Ubuntu ISOs for CDs. The target may have to become a 1GB USB image or DVD ISO going forward.
- The default web-browser for Ubuntu 11.10 will be evaluated between Firefox and Chromium.
- Xen host support for Ubuntu 11.10 Server.
- Better diagnostics for open-source graphics drivers.

About The Author
Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the web-site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience and being the largest web-site devoted to Linux hardware reviews, particularly for products relevant to Linux gamers and enthusiasts but also commonly reviewing servers/workstations and embedded Linux devices. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics hardware drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated testing software. He can be followed via and or contacted via .
Latest Linux Hardware Reviews
  1. AMD Launches New FX CPUs, Cuts Prices On Existing Processors
  2. Preview: AMD's FX-9590 Eight-Core At Up To 5.0GHz On Linux
  3. Intel Launches The Core i7 5960X, Mighty Powerful Haswell-E CPUs
  4. AMD Radeon R9 290: Gallium3D vs. Catalyst Drivers
Latest Linux Articles
  1. Ondemand vs. Performance CPU Governing For AMD FX CPUs On Linux 3.17
  2. How Intel Graphics On Linux Compare To Open-Source AMD/NVIDIA Drivers
  3. The Fastest NVIDIA GPUs For Open-Source Nouveau With Steam Linux Gaming
  4. Testing For The Latest Linux Kernel Power Regression
Latest Linux News
  1. New Group Calls For Boycotting Systemd
  2. The Features To Find With The Imminent Release Of LLVM/Clang 3.5
  3. Borderlands 2 Is Coming To Linux
  4. The Witcher 2 Ups The Performance More & Works Around Catalyst Bug
  5. Running Gallium3D's LLVMpipe On The Eight-Core 5GHz CPU
  6. Trying Intel OpenCL On Linux For Video Encoding
  7. GSoC 2014 Yielded Some Improvements For Mesa/X.Org This Year
  8. webOS Lives On As LuneOS With New Release
  9. Marek Lands Radeon Gallium3D HyperZ Improvements
  10. Mozilla Firefox 32 Surfaces With HTML5, Developer Changes
Latest Forum Discussions
  1. Lennart Poettering Talks Up His New Linux Vision That Involves Btrfs
  2. nv and xorg.conf under Debian PPC
  3. AMD graphics doesn't work with AMD Catalyst drivers
  4. Best Radeon for a Power Mac G5?
  5. The dangers of Linux kernel development
  6. Updated and Optimized Ubuntu Free Graphics Drivers
  7. AMD Releases UVD Video Decode Support For R600 GPUs
  8. SSD seems slow