“If you’ve been following GNOME development, you’ll also be aware that the latest version features a new instant messaging framework by the name of Empathy. However, the Ubuntu developers have opted to retain the old client, Pidgin, until Empathy has time to mature.
“There are a few other things missing on the software front, perhaps the most surprising is the new OpenOffice 3.0, which did not make Ubuntu’s cutoff date. On the plus side, you do get the latest version of GIMP, which is probably a more important update.
“There’s a very nice new utility that makes creating a bootable USB version of Ubuntu a snap. All you need to do is select an ISO file and click “Make Startup Disk.” Also possibly useful is the new “Cruft Remover,” which takes a stab at removing unused packages from your system. Unfortunately packages coming from outside a repository seemed to confuse it. We accidentally deleted VirtualBox and Adobe’s AIR platform. While many might consider the latter to indeed be “cruft,” heed our warning and exercise some caution with the Cruft Remover.