Intrepid Ibex is the codename for Kubuntu 8.10, due to be released October 30 2008.
The focus for 8.10 for the Kubuntu community will be transitioning to a KDE 4 desktop. The plan is to integrate our existing Kubuntu software while at the same time offering the best out-of-the-box KDE 4 experience around. Intrepid Ibex is a whole new revolution for us, Intrepidly going where no Kubuntu release has gone before.
NOTE: This is a beta release. Pre-release versions of Intrepid are NOT encouraged for anyone needing a stable system or for anyone who is not comfortable running into occasional, even frequent, breakage. Pre-release versions of Intrepid ARE recommended for Kubuntu developers and those who want to help in testing, reporting, and fixing bugs.
Installing 8.10 Beta
To upgrade from 8.04 follow these upgrade instructions.
Or download a CD from any of the mirrors below.
http://ubuntu.mirror.ac.za/ubuntu-release/kubuntu/intrepid/ (South Africa)
http://ftp.daum.net/ubuntu-releases/kubuntu/intrepid/ (Korea, Republic of)
http://ubuntu.cs.utah.edu/releases/kubuntu/intrepid/ (United States)
http://ubuntu-releases.cs.umn.edu/kubuntu/intrepid/ (United States)
http://ftp.ucsb.edu/pub/mirrors/linux/ubuntu/kubuntu/intrepid/ (United States)
http://mirror.cs.umn.edu/ubuntu-releases/kubuntu/intrepid/ (United States)
New or Improved In Intrepid
The Intrepid Ibex Beta CD release brings with it many updated, new, and exciting applications. For this latest release of Kubuntu 8.10, many Kubuntu tools have been more tightly integrated with our KDE 4 desktop. Besides these changes, there have been updates to many common applications as well as bug fixes to some of those annoyances you may or may not have run into. Remember that all of these features are part of a pre-release version of Kubuntu, and may still have issues. We ask that any problems you come across that you file a bug, if one has yet to be filed for your problem.
Intrepid Ibex Beta brings with it the latest and greatest KDE. KDE 4.1.2 adds stability to the impressive set of features that was put in place in KDE 4.1. Notable changes include:
- Significant performance, interaction and rendering correctness improvements in KHTML and Konqueror, KDE's web browser
- User interaction, rendering and stability fixes in Plasma, the KDE4 desktop shell
- PDF backend fixes in the document viewer Okular
- Fixes in Gwenview, the image viewer's thumbnailing, more robust retrieval and display of images with broken metadata
- Stability and interaction fixes in KMail
Application Launcher -> Adept Installer
Intrepid Ibex comes with an all-new KDE 4 version of the Adept Package manager. It features a new, re-factored user interface and is much more stable, responsive, while at the same time being lighter on resources than Adept 2.
Application Launcher -> Internet -> KNetworkManager
KNetworkManager is the KDE front end for NetworkManager. It provides a sophisticated and intuitive user interface which enables users easily to switch their network environment. Intrepid Ibex beta brings with it NetworkManager 0.7.
Desktop effects by default
KWin's nifty desktop effects will work by default in Kubuntu Intrepid Ibex as long as your card is supported and you have mesa-utils installed. Otherwise they will be turned off automagically and you won't notice the difference.
The all new update-notifier-kde serves as an update-notifier and an apport crash notifier for Intrepid Ibex. The current release also supports notification for the need of a reboot as well as upgrade hooks.
KMix support for keyboard multimedia keys
In Intrepid Ibex beta, KMix now supports the multimedia-button functionality that various keyboards offer.
Various Kubuntu tool integration
Numerous Kubuntu tools have been given greater integration with KDE4 with a port from PyQt4 to PyKDE4. Applications that have received PyKDE4 ports include:
- GDebiKDE, the Kubuntu .deb installation frontend.
- Jockey-KDE, the Kubuntu proprietary driver manager frontend
- Language Selector Qt, the Kubuntu language selection/installation manager
- Software-properties-kde, the apt sources.list editor for Kubuntu
- system-config-printer-kde, the Kubuntu/KDE printer manager
We want to hear what you think about the current release of Kubuntu 8.10, The Intrepid Ibex, Beta Release. We want to know if it Rocks, if it is just OK, or it is flat out wrong. No matter the feedback, as long as it is in line with the Ubuntu Code of Conduct we would like to hear it.
So what are you waiting for, head on over to the Feedback Page and let us know!