Work in Progress: Edgy Eft Is Edgy in Name Only

By Jason Brooks  |  Posted 2006-11-27 Print this article Print

Review: The latest version of Canonical's Ubuntu Linux has few claims to being cutting-edge.

Having emerged, mostly, from the depths of Windows Vista testing, Ive turned my attention to Edgy Eft, the latest version of Canonicals Ubuntu Linux. As its name is meant to imply, this most recent Ubuntu release is supposed to ride the bleeding edge. So far, however, Ive found it fairly tame. Edgy Eft ships with the latest GNOME version, complete with a vertical preview pane-enabled Evolution mail client.
But, overall, Im finding Edgy Eft less edgy than the Red Hat Fedora Core 6 release I recently reviewed.
One big exception is Edgy Efts new replacement for the init daemon that drives most Linux distributions. Edgy Efts alternative, called Upstart, should provide faster boot times and future management gains—the likes of which Mac OS X and Solaris users now enjoy from their respective operating systems overhauled service startup frameworks. Look for my review of Edgy Eft in a forthcoming issue and at Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest open-source news, reviews and analysis.
As Editor in Chief of eWEEK Labs, Jason Brooks manages the Labs team and is responsible for eWEEK's print edition. Brooks joined eWEEK in 1999, and has covered wireless networking, office productivity suites, mobile devices, Windows, virtualization, and desktops and notebooks. Jason's coverage is currently focused on Linux and Unix operating systems, open-source software and licensing, cloud computing and Software as a Service. Follow Jason on Twitter at jasonbrooks, or reach him by email at

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