Ubuntu 8.10 (Intrepid Ibex), released on 2008-10-30, was Canonical's ninth and latest release of Ubuntu. It will be supported until April 2010. Ubuntu 8.10 has several new features including a new default theme, improvements to mobile computing and desktop scalability, increased flexibility for Internet connectivity, an Ubuntu Live USB creator, a guest account, an encrypted private directory for users and the inclusion of Dynamic Kernel Module Support, a tool that allows kernel drivers to be automatically rebuilt when new kernels are released.
The desktop installation of Ubuntu 8.10 includes, among other programs, GIMP 2.6, GNOME 2.24, Mozilla Firefox 3.0, OpenOffice.org 2.4, and Pidgin 2.5. The server installation will include MySQL 5.0, PHP 5.2 and Python 2.5. Ubuntu 8.10 uses Linux 2.6.27 and X.Org 7.4. The fast-user-switch-applet has undergone major changes as well. It now replaces the logout button and can be used to change Pidgin or Empathy status.