I’ve been watching TV a bit recently (It’s stage 3 of dealing with the trauma of not having homework anymore.) and I keep seeing this date pop up, with a little girl talking about “happy words.” It seems Microsoft Windows 7 is coming out soon. I’ve heard about it here and there, but it didn’t really register that the next version is coming in just under a month until I saw the commercials.
So far I haven’t heard anything bad about the upcoming windows release, which is quite a contrast to the months leading up to Vista. I looked around their website and there’s some interesting stuff, but nothing revolutionary. Nothing important we haven’t got, or will have soon in a better form. And it still has that nauseating default theme from Vista.
This makes the timing of the Kubuntu Karmic release very interesting. It really seems like this should be the big faceoff. A lot of good things are coming together for Karmic. KDE 4.3 provides a smooth desktop experience with a lot of little annoyances fixed. Finally most networks work (again) out of the box. Legacy KDE3 things are finally gone from the CD. It would be amazing if Kubuntu Karmic was the release you could pull out at the same time as the brand spanking new Windows 7 and blow away the competition.
And it’s close, but it’s not that release. It’s just the first release where most of the KDE 4 desktop has come together, but there are still some issues to fix, polishing to do, and a couple core apps need to stabilize. Another 6 months. Concidentally, Lucid 10.04 is also the next LTS. Perfect timing to really bring all the pieces together and make a polished release that will put the proprietary competition to shame. I’m really looking forward to Lucid. The drama would just be so much better if it was 9.10.