Work in Progress: Edgy Eft Is Edgy in Name Only

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


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