I place a lot of importance on Ubuntu (maybe unfairly) because I consider it to be the poster child of “usable linux” and it inherits the pressures associated with that role. So, with that in mind let's see what this alpha 5 release is showing.
Read it here
While this is a test release it still gives indication of what new features are coming with the final version and I'm amazed at what the devs have managed to cram in. Xorg 7.3 is included which should offer improved auto-configuration, keeping you away from xorg.conf. Kernel 2.6.24 is bundled in this release too with the most notable new feature being the power saving functionality for 64bit based machines. There's a load of new software installed by default too but I'm going to gloss over those…