Mark Shuttleworth announced the addition of notify-osd to jaunty today, which is a small step towards many that we can expect to see in the upcoming releases of Ubuntu to improve desktop user experience. You can download the latest jaunty release and install it on a VM to check it out live, but it might not perform very well under a Virtual Machine since it depends on compiz for effects and alpha releases might not have the latest builds. Here is a nice guide to install notify-osd for people who wants to try it out with Ibex.
Notify-osd in action:
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In a separate announcement Mark gave an official introduction to Ubuntu 9:10 Karmic Koala, in which we can expect to see some major improvements and features. To highlight some of his quotes:
“Ubuntu aims to keep free software at the forefront of cloud computing by embracing the API’s of Amazon EC2, and making it easy for anybody to setup their own cloud using entirely open tools.”
“What if you want to build an EC2-style cloud of your own? Of all the trees in the wood, a Koala’s favorite leaf is Eucalyptus. The Eucalyptus project, from UCSB, enables you to create an EC2-style cloud in your own data center, on your own hardware. It’s no coincidence that Eucalyptus has just been uploaded to universe and will be part of Jaunty – during the Karmic cycle we expect to make those clouds dance, with dynamically growing and shrinking resource allocations depending on your needs.”
“The desktop will have a designer’s fingerprints all over it – we’re now beginning the serious push to a new look. Brown has served us well but the Koala is considering other options. Come to UDS for a preview of the whole new look.”
Very exciting time ahead for Ubuntu users.