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Thursday, May 10 12:00 AM ET

Future Version of Ubuntu Will Do Your Work For You

By Brian Briggs

London, UK - The Linux distribution, Ubuntu, has grown quickly because of its ease of use.  It makes the normally confusing Linux something even a Windows user can use.  However, the Ubuntu developers are aiming even higher for the future.  The next release, "Gutsy Gibbon," will be even easier to use, but the "Harry Hamlin" release will actually do your work for you.

Ubuntu"You just pop in the CD, fill out a short form, and you'll never have to touch your computer again.  Ever.  You can use your computer for fun if you like, but it's not necessary," said Ubuntu founder Mark Shuttleworth.

Shuttleworth would not share technical details of how the software works, but said that it "relies on advanced heuristics and thermionics to send out e-mail, write code, and even play games for you."

Many feel this feature will be the killer app that will let Ubuntu supplant Windows as the desktop of choice.  However, not everyone believes the end of Windows domination is near.  

Computer consult John Querty said, "With a system like this, people could step away from their computers and have time to interact with others.  I just don't see that happening."

Current Ubuntu users can't wait for the "Harry Hamlin" release. "I can't wait," said Scott Biggs, who has been using Ubuntu since its first release, "I will be able to just boot the computer, hop in the shower and by the time I get out it's finished with my entire day's work. Thank goodness WoW works under Wine."

Shuttleworth said Harry Hamlin would be released in April 2008.

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