In my quest for learning, I did my first step with Linux back into 2006 with the 6.06 LTS version. Since that time, I have learned quite a lot, but still consider myself a newbee.
From that perspective, Ubuntu has come long way. Every 6 months, since Ubuntu 6.10, I have tested each release. In general it was always a step forward for user friendlyness. Ubuntu 8.10 is no exception… and in my opinion it is the best Ubutu release ever. Ubuntu Intrepid Ibex is somewhat what I was expecting from 8.04.
The new artwork makes it feel different than previous release. While exploring the menus and configurations you will notice that it is not just a feeling. In the past, to configure a wireless network, you had to go to System / Administration / Networking. Then setting your WEP key (if using WEP) and activate the adapter. Often I had to perform “activate+deactivate” a couple of time to finally get a working connection.
Now the network manager can be found under System / Preferences / Network configuration, but I didn’t have to go there since a tooltip appeared at first logon stating “wireless networks available”. I just had to select the right SSID and configure the WEP key from there. On top of that, the connection was established within seconds after first try…
Peoples definition of “home computer” has changed quite a bit. Previously, home computer was synonym of desktop PC, now if notebooks sales have not exceeded desktop sales, I guess it is just a matter of time… I think, with this release, Ubuntu followed this wave of mobility.