Ubuntu 7.10 Gutsy Gibbon First Impressions

It took me a while to upgrade from 7.04 to 7.10 because Ubuntu servers were so busy. It would even time-out at times. But now it’s done, Gutsy Gibbon is turning out to be a very solid release. I’ve been using Ubuntu since 6.04 and it has definitely gone a long way!

What made me excited with the new release is the updated Compiz. It doesn’t only make your desktop flashy and attractive, but it also has its significant usability advantages. The Expo, flipping windows, improved desktop cube and fold-out are all amazing! There are aesthetic touches such as reflections, wiggles and fades. They all add a very attractive touch to the desktop. Plus the Advanced Compiz Config opens up a ton of other possibilities to personalize Compiz.

The quick user switcher and deskbar applet are very useful, too;