It’s that time of the month, around the 30th, when Zonbu pushes out their software updates. At least if history is any indication.
As we understand from their commentary during the last update, the next update we see should be the final “stable” release version (whereas we have been in beta up until this point). In addition to the historical timing, I’m thinking we may see the final stable release in the next few days as they’ll need to get it out to garner some press momentum going in to the key Christmas selling season…
A few things I expect to see are Firefox upgraded to 188.8.131.52, Gimp (aka Zonbu Image Workshop) upgraded to 2.4 (which just went stable a few days ago and incidentally their site doesn’t render properly in Firefox all of a sudden), Pidgin IM (aka Zonbu Instant Messenger) to 2.2 (with all the Zonbu icon customizations etc. that make it so nice), Open Office upgraded to include any relevant fixes and a Rhapsody client (ok a guy can dream can’t he), and numerous other behind the scenes fixes. I also expect the fonts to be configured in Gimp so you can use them when editing photos.
Oh, and it would be nice if all my Firefox settings and bookmarks were actually stored in my online storage and persisted after a reset or if I login to someone else’s Zonbu.
Of course, we’d all love to see increased performance in the Flash engine, although that may be more on Adobe than on Zonbu. And any improvement in the underlying video driver, especially in relation to MPEG2 and MPEG4 suport is always welcome.
What else would you like to see? Tell us in the comments. The Zonbu team do read the posts here and have proven to be very responsive, a key ingreident to making the Zonbu platform viable.