I have to admit my enthusiasm for the Gutsy release is lukewarm. Looking over the list of features, very few of them seem useful to me. Naturally, that’s going to differ from person to person and machine to machine, but from my perspective, not much is appealing.
GNOME 2.20? Gnome is an aberration to me. Telling me you’re using the newest version is actually a turnoff.
And considering the hardware I use, I’ll probably only rarely see the destkop 3D effects enabled in their default form. If Gutsy is really smart enough to turn it on if your card can handle it, then it probably will leave it off for me.
Desktop searches, deskbar applets and tracker indexers are annoyances to me. I don’t have the least bit of interest in another daemon running in the background, trying to keep me from losing things. I don’t lose things. I’m one of Pirsig’s intuitive mechanics, if you know what I mean.
Fast user switching won’t interest me, because I’m the only user other than root. And I’m him too.
Dynamic screen configuration and a graphical configuration tool for X will be useful to a degree. I imagine they will be a godsend for some folks with unusual setups, but on 8- and 10-year-old laptops, there’s probably not much call for it. (On the other hand, if Gutsy is smart enough to knock down the default color depth for decade-old video cards, I’ll happily worship it as the golden child.)
I don’t have a printer any more, and my old one was a snap to configure in the old printer system. Maybe it would have been even more of a snap under the new system, but I’ll never know.
Non-free device driver handling is a bonus, and I’m glad to see those things improved upon. But again, on 8- and 10-year-old hardware, manual configuration is probably faster than waiting for a desktop application to poll, search and offer installation options.
NTFS? I stopped using NTFS when I stopped using Windows. Way back in late 2005.
Power consumption at the kernel level. … I’ve been using the newest kernels in Arch, and if there’s something that is supposed to be improved for my Dell Inspiron 8000, I’m not noticing it. A newer kernel is usually a good thing though.
AppArmor sounds like another something I’ll be uninstalling. I will check it out, though.
The remainder — server installation profiles, authentication configuration and thin client support — will probably be helpful to admins here and there, but I’m a desktop home networker, so they don’t really do anything for me.
So while the improvements are probably enticing for high-end machines, I’m at a low enough level that there’s very little that will trickle down to me in Gutsy.
I’m still going to play with it though. Most of the appeal to me is in what software is installable from the repos — things like Qingy, Kazehakase 0.4.3, and some other improvements are good news, even if they are still months behind current. Ubuntu is still a favorite, even if this release won’t be anything spectacular for my machines.