Release candidate release notes

Vincent imnotb at
Sun Oct 14 20:23:06 UTC 2007

On 14/10/2007, Eero Tamminen <oak at> wrote:
> Hi,
> On Sunday 14 October 2007, Vincent wrote:
> > > > It's not ready yet, I got all screenshots and wrote a first draft,
> > > > but I still have to rewrite it before I can publish it, and I won't
> > > > make it before tomorrow.
> > >
> > > Can you please just provide the text?  Whatever text you have?
> >
> > Sorry, I turned off the computer just after I emailed that ;-)
> >
> > Anyway, it's now available here:
> >
> > (I think it does need to be edited a bit to be more release note-ish
> > instead of blog post-ish ;-)
> Great review, thanks!  I'm definitely going to test/use Gutsy Xubuntu
> (once I find computer where to install it[1]).  Are all the Murraine color
> variations listed here available on new Xubuntu:
> ?
> Could the review mention also some things in which Xubuntu differs from
> Ubuntu besides using different desktop environment?
> Regarding this comment in your article:
> "Then Xubuntu inherits from Ubuntu the latest Linux kernel (core) that
> includes dynticks. Again, I'm not too sure what exactly it is, but I read
> that it makes sure Xubuntu uses less power and makes your computer
> produce less heat"
> Kernel using Dynticks infrastructure (i.e. instead of waking the CPU at
> fast
> fixed clock rate, kernel now lets HW to sleep until the next wakeup),
> is not enough for getting Xubuntu to use less battery.  The kernel cannot
> let the HW to sleep if some user-space application is constantly polling
> the
> kernel.  This page lists some worst offenders:
> (gnome power manager, mixer applet, firefox, pidgin, SDL programs...)
> I don't think anybody's checked Xubuntu desktop for this.  You don't
> really
> need powertop for checking this.  Just pick the topmost process showing
> in "top" output and attach strace to it with "strace -p PID" (preferably
> through ssh instead of terminal window so that this window doesn't create
> extra activity).  If the process does anything more often than say at few
> second intervals without user doing something with it, the program should
> be
> fixed.  Now that kernel has inotify (file change notifications), nothing
> should need to be polled.

OK, I'm not sure whether I followed that... Does this mean that I should
make a modification to the blog post?

        - Eero
> [1] My slower laptop and desktop machines are too slow for Cairo based Gtk
> (P166) and have too little memory for full desktop like XFCE (96MB).
> Although the palmtop (N800) has already XFCE ported to it[2], it's not
> really usable on that small screen.  The main Desktop computer has already
> Kubuntu and main laptop unfortunately has Windows from which my wife
> refuses to part from.  And at work my machine has Debian Etch with Gnome.
> Hm... A time for a new computer? :-)

Yeah I guess so :P

You could also try Lubi: :)


Wow, that's awesome :)

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