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Old 08-25-2005, 05:15 PM   #1
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What new releases are you most excited about?


Here's a rough list of mine:

1) SuSE 10.0: I've tried Slackware, Fedora, Red Hat, Mandriva, Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Debian, Mepis, and Yoper on either my desktop or laptop. Only SuSE 9.3 worked adequately on my laptop (and I didn't even bother installing those distributions that sucked on my desktop). Don't even bother me with Gentoo--I was helping my friend to install it, and it was a nightmare.

In any case, SuSE seems a promising distribution with its superior out-of-box ease of use. Some criticize its stability, which hasn't been a problem to me. (The differences between Windows 2000, XP, Slackware, Debian, and SuSE are too small for a home user to notice.) There is a legitimate complaint with its slow boot-up, but this looks like it's being addressed pretty well in SuSE 10.0. Of course, the new version will also have improvement in other features.

More importantly, a successful SuSE 10.0 will establish that the community can contribute effectively to a corporate-backed distribution. Will it be successful unlike Fedora?

2) pilot-link 0.12.0 and 0.12.1: pilot-link 0.12.0-pre4 is the current version, the fourth in a series of release candidates that has spanned almost a year. Currently, my Palm Zire 72 does sync to KPilot, but it is completely unusable because of the way 0.11.8 messes up the contacts. (In recent OS5 Palm versions, the Address application became Contacts). 0.12.0 promises better compatibility with OS5, and 0.12.1, according to the mailing list, will solve the problem.

Unfortunately for me, I'm tempted to just sell my Zire and ignore the hell that is hotsync on Linux. I might keep it just to use with 0.12.0, but with every passing day, the value of my Zire depreciates. I need 0.12.0 to come out quickly, so that SuSE can compile a KPilot against the new pilot-link--a process that will undoubtedly take some time.

3) CrossOver Office 5.0: Wine is a necessary evil for most users, not to mention needlessly complicated to configure (which is where CrossOver comes in). I will always depend on niche applications such as BioEdit, and right now, I'm stuck with a five-year old version because the most recent applications won't work through Wine. While support for new application generally increases incrementally with each new release, I am particularly looking forward to CrossOver 5.0 will add support for Office 2003 (so I can finally get that damned Publisher). I yearn for the day when I can run Madden off Linux.

4) OpenOffice 2.0: I'd rather be able to avoid Microsoft Office all together, but that is not possible with the 1.1.4 version. Recently, I saved a very important proposal to .doc. When I opened it up, the formatting was messed up (extra bullets on blank lines). I deleted these bullets and resaved to .doc, and noticed the same problem when I reopened. I deleted these bullets again, and this time saved to OpenOffice's native .swx format. The same formatting issues persisted in OpenOffice's native format! Microsoft Office was able to save my document properly.

Fortunately, OpenOffice 2.0 beta is a huge step up from the 1.1.x series. Maybe one day I can trust my mission-critical documents to OO.o.

5) KDE 3.5/4: I love Kontact, which makes me want to switch from Thunderbird to KMail for the increased integration. However, KMail is currently unusable because it does not allow for client-side IMAP filtering of the server. The problem has been fixed and will be implemented in KDE 3.5, however. I also look forward to KDE 4 with its supposed speed increases. (I really think this is a minor issue--KDE 3.4.1 takes me only 15 seconds to completely load after X--but many people have been complaining about KDE's perceived bloat.)

6) Firefox 1.5: This doesn't seem like so much of a big deal to me. The only features I think I'd appreciate is a faster back/forward navigation from the cache. Perhaps some better rendering of certain sites. Really, how much more can Firefox improve, when most of the innovation of the featureset lies in the extensions?
 
Old 08-25-2005, 05:30 PM   #2
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I'm still excited about the release of Debian 3.1 (Sarge).
 
Old 08-25-2005, 05:49 PM   #3
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gibraltar 2.3 :-) (www.gibraltar.at)
 
Old 08-25-2005, 05:56 PM   #4
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I am looking forward to KDE 4.0. It seems like there are going to be a lot of exciting new features, lots of eye candy and the defaults will be configured in such a way as to remove the bloat.
 
Old 08-25-2005, 06:40 PM   #5
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Re: What new releases are you most excited about?

Quote:
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-but many people have been complaining about KDE's perceived bloat.)
there is nothing perceived about it...........kde 3.14 was the turning point ........3.14 was the last good version that does not hog resources and contain a bunch of "eye candy" garbage...........kde has become one big bloat-ware over the past year and a half..........


v3.1.4=99.3 megs.........
v3.4.2=155 megs.........

I added up the raw source (bz2 files) for kde..........about 50 megs of "extra bloat crap" from 3.1.4 to current..........so there is nothing perceived about it..........
 
Old 08-25-2005, 07:08 PM   #6
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Re: Re: What new releases are you most excited about?

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there is nothing perceived about it...........kde 3.14 was the turning point ........3.14 was the last good version that does not hog resources and contain a bunch of "eye candy" garbage...........kde has become one big bloat-ware over the past year and a half..........


v3.1.4=99.3 megs.........
v3.4.2=155 megs.........

I added up the raw source (bz2 files) for kde..........about 50 megs of "extra bloat crap" from 3.1.4 to current..........so there is nothing perceived about it..........
I think your argument is oversimplifying the issue. What are your figures from? They seem like the size of the binaries if you added all the packages together.

I've used Slackware, so I know that there are several packages (kdebase, kdelibs, kdegames, kdemultimedia, etc.) KDE has continued to add new programs, which would explain the increased size of the packages. In other, non-Slackware distributions such as SuSE, you are able choose specific applications in the packages (for example, I can use k3b from kdemultimedia, without installing all the other crap). The addition of extra, optional software does not seem like bloat to me.

I can't speak for 3.1.4, but I have used 3.2.0. KDE booted up in about 15 seconds for me then on my desktop. It boots up for me in 15 seconds on my laptop (which is less powerful). At least for me, there is no bloat, except for perhaps the bigger size of the packages.
 
Old 08-25-2005, 07:15 PM   #7
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I'm excited about the upcoming Xorg release. I really like the step GTK has gone with Cairo but I think that perhaps it needed a lot more work before it was released as stable software. I'm marginally excited about Deer Park but I don't use it yet. Tried, too many bugs. I'm also pretty stoked about MPD 0.12, I'm running a checkout fron svn at the moment and some of the new tag features are just cool. I'd like to see Bluez support some newer profiles but there's no upcoming release there, I just thought I'd mention that
 
Old 08-26-2005, 04:16 AM   #8
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Re: Re: What new releases are you most excited about?

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Originally posted by freakyg
there is nothing perceived about it...........kde 3.14 was the turning point ........3.14 was the last good version that does not hog resources and contain a bunch of "eye candy" garbage...........kde has become one big bloat-ware over the past year and a half..........


v3.1.4=99.3 megs.........
v3.4.2=155 megs.........

I added up the raw source (bz2 files) for kde..........about 50 megs of "extra bloat crap" from 3.1.4 to current..........so there is nothing perceived about it..........
You don't have to install all the packages that are included in the KDE distribution. If you read the installation instructions, you can install only the packages you need. Unfortunately Slack and quite a few other distros don't break KDE down into smaller packages, so if you install everything, then yes the latest versions will take up more space than the older ones because they contain more apps. Personally I think the new versions are a lot faster and perform better than the old versions and thats all that matters to me.
 
Old 08-26-2005, 04:31 AM   #9
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Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy comes out on DVD in Sept.

Oh you meant Linux related. OpenSuse 10.0 is pretty cool. Fighting the dependency issues is the only bad thing.

Debain Sarge going stable was cool. Etch should be pretty awesome.
 
Old 08-26-2005, 04:40 AM   #10
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Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy comes out on DVD in Sept.

Oh you meant Linux related. OpenSuse 10.0 is pretty cool. Fighting the dependency issues is the only bad thing.

Debain Sarge going stable was cool. Etch should be pretty awesome.
All dependencies are resolved automatically if you click on the automatic dependency checking thingy on YASTs software managment tool. I like their imlementation because you can still install packages even if you have unmet dependencies and you can then resolve them later.
 
Old 11-05-2005, 05:34 AM   #11
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CrossOver Office 5 looks pretty good. Everything just runs a little better--I can't pinpoint exactly what's changed, but everything does run a little more smoothly. Ditto for Wine.

SuSE 10 has surpassed my expectations. The programs just run much faster. SUPER is even better, as it speeds up the bootup considerably (which was the weakness of regular SuSE). I hope they incorporate some of the SUPER features in 10.1, and of course, support fully MP3 playback, video playback, and DVD playback out of box.

Firefox 1.5 beta has me pretty excited. Runs a lot smoother, and the subtle changes in the UI are solid. Hopefully, they fix some bugs. Unfortunately, there needs to be a more sane way of updating extensions. This might be a problem in the future.

I haven't really gotten a chance to try out OO.o 2.0. I'll give OpenDocument Format a try, but chances are, I'll still have to depend on Microsoft Office until ODF becomes more of a defacto standard.

What's up with pilot-link? They haven't released anything at all in six months, which was a beta. KDE 3.5 has plans to use the new pilot-link, but that won't happen if pilot-link-0.12 goes the way of Duke Nukem Forever.
 
Old 11-05-2005, 06:15 AM   #12
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I'm excited by the upcoming of multiple OpenSolaris based distributions (Schillix, Belenix and Nexenta).

I'll hope they reach a point where they will be at the same ease of use/admin level as popular Gnu/Linux based distros, with the same large number of applications available.
I hope also that some of the Solaris unique cool features will be (re-)implemented in the Linux kernel.

Competition and sharing is good for both of them.

Such a pity the GNU "viral" licensing isn't allowing exchange of code between both kernels.
 
Old 11-05-2005, 07:43 AM   #13
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Damn Small Linux is a real "wow" distro. Able to carry it around in your wallet on a business card CD, and to resurrect old hardware it is a overlooked distro. Their release cycles are very frequent and they have pretty good support too. Great to show your friends.
 
Old 12-21-2005, 04:26 AM   #14
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CrossOver 5 has been a disappointment. Buggy piece of software, and the compatibility has hardly improved.

I'm really looking forward to SuSE 10.1. Hopefully, they decide to have full multimedia capibilities out of box. I'm even more excited about KDE 4. I just cannot wait.
 
Old 12-21-2005, 04:33 AM   #15
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Quote:
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CrossOver 5 has been a disappointment. Buggy piece of software, and the compatibility has hardly improved.

I'm really looking forward to SuSE 10.1. Hopefully, they decide to have full multimedia capibilities out of box. I'm even more excited about KDE 4. I just cannot wait.
Suse will never include all multimedia capabilities due to potential licensing issues. I have been running the 10.1 development builds for a while now and they seem to be coming along nicely.
 
  


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