Ubuntu founder Mark Shuttleworth held a conference call with reporters today in advance of the October 18th release.
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Canonical is set to ship Ubuntu 7.10 Gutsy Gibbon on Thursday. The latest version of the popular Linux distribution packs a bunch of new features, including:
Integrated desktop search with Tracker
Streamlined Firefox add-on support
Read/write access to Windows partitions by default
3D desktop effects are enabled by default on systems that meet the minimum requirements.
Improved printer support (Shuttleworth says they're getting closer to being able to say that if your printer works with OS X it will work with Ubuntu)