Canonical has announced the official roll out of Ubuntu 8.10, codenamed Intrepid Ibex. The new desktop release of the popular Linux distribution incorporates the latest Gnome 2.24 and a Linux 2.6.27 kernel, along with new versions of many popular open source desktop applications and a bunch of important new features.

Ubuntu 8.10 introduces native support for 3G networks and improved Wi-Fi support, better and faster support for a wide range of inbuilt or external devices, and a few nice privacy features such as a guest user mode and support for directory encryption. Another interesting feature is the ability to easily install Intrepid Ibex on a thumb drive, for those considering making the switch, but not quite ready for a full install.

All in all, Ubuntu 8.10 is another nice incremental improvement, and its enhanced network abilities alone will make it a worthwhile upgrade to many. As always, you can download it for free from the Ubuntu website or check the official release notes here.