Yesterday Ubuntu 9.10 Alpha 5 was released and besides shipping with a number of updated packages and the Ubuntu One client along with Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud images, the Ubiquity installer shipped with its new slide-show feature enabled. Now during the Ubuntu installation process from the desktop LiveCD, rather than just showing a status bar it also advertises various features of this Linux operating system.For those that have not yet tried Ubuntu 9.10 Alpha 5, below are six screenshots from the Ubiquity install process...
That's very not newsworthy. It's not even a useful or significant feature. I'm moderately ticked that the Ubuntu team bothered to put effort into something like that.
"Those jacka-asses over to Ubuntu don't contribute up-stream changes!" "Yes, but, they've added a slide-show displaying irrelevant information that does not pertain to the progress of the install process to the OS installer!" "Oh, well never mind then, they're obviously contributing to the vibrancy of the Linux ecosystem."
...which, as usual, doesn't even rate a mention. When will Kubuntu see the new feture? Ever? Presumably, but as usual with new features, Kubuntu doesn't even rate a mention. Hopefully we'll see this before Marauding Meercat comes out.
Looks exactly what Windows installers have been like since maybe Windows 95.
For a Windows 95/98 install, the disk partitioning phase looks like FDISK.COM, and the filesystem creation phase looks like FORMAT.COM. 2000/XP integrates that part into the installer with a decent menu-driven interface and the ability to use Windows storage drivers, but it's still text mode.
I've tried the new Kubuntu installer some weeks ago and it looks at least as good as this one
Unfortunately, I can't give Alpha 5 a try since one of the last upgrades broke Karmic for me (updated system & new downloaded cd), it just hangs when starting Gnome/KDE. I assume it is the xserver-xorg-video-radeon update but am not sure. Hopefully radeon and Mesa will get updated to latest git before Ubuntu 9.10 releases.