I decided to beat the rush and install the Beta of Ubuntu 8.10 this evening, because you just know that when it’s officially released, the servers will be slow.
At first I was greeted with the Beta artwork, which I found slightly disappointing, as have others before me.
A massive update (over 400 MB) changed some things though. The NewHuman theme has been renamed DarkRoom, but I don’t really see other changes, apart from the name.
Another change is the title in Grub, which changes from “Ubuntu Intrepid (development branch)” to “Ubuntu 8.10”, the official name of the upcoming release. It’s not a big change of course, but it does indicate that there aren’t any major changes left before the official release.
But the biggest, and most pleasant change for me was the default wallpaper, which was a boring brown swirl of balls (seriously), and now looks like this:
It looks like a fairly rough wall, with an almost prehistoric painting of an Ibex on the left, which despite the sketchiness of the drawing almost seems to sparkle with life. While it isn’t the drastic, new look that was promised for 8.10, it’s definitely a step up from the artwork of the alpha and beta releases.