The Ubuntu 8.10 desktop covers the latest Ubuntu 8.10 (Intrepid Ibex) features of interest to users. The emphasis here is on what users will face when using Ubuntu, covering topics like installation, applications, software management, the GNOME and KDE4 desktops, shell commands, and both the Ubuntu 8.10 administration and network tools. Office, multimedia, mail, and Web applications are reviewed in detail. Desktops are examined including new features like the GNOME file manager capability to directly eject both removable media and network shared directories. The KDE4 desktop provides a completely new KDE desktop with a new panel, menu, desktop, configuration tools, and plasmoid applets. Though administrative topics are covered, the emphasis is on what a user would need to know to perform tasks. Desktop effects as implemented by GNOME's Compiz-fusion and KDE's KWin with 3D workspace and windows switching are examined. Certain new tools are covered in detail like Network Manager which now supports both wireless 3G and Ethernet connections. A new version of the Printing configuration tool adds support for online access to printer drivers as well as new interface features. Gufw provides a user interface for managing ufw firewall, the default firewall. Advanced components of Ubuntu 8.10 are also examined such as Dynamic Kernel Module Support (DKMS) now use for vendor graphics drivers, Private Encrypted Directories, and the creation of Ubuntu Live USB drives, as well as UMPC and MID installs. Numerous smaller enhancements are also discussed like the Synaptic Package Manager quick searches, the PulseAudio Device Chooser applet for accessing all Pulse Audio tools, GNOME's file manager support for tabs, and the new combined user switcher and quit applet, as well as the new quit and logout menus. Alternate multimedia releases like Ubuntu Studio and Mythbuntu are also referenced. Part 1 focuses on getting started, covering Ubuntu information and resources, Ubuntu Live CD/DVD/USB discs, installing and setting up Ubuntu, and basic use of the desktop. Part 2 keys in on applications and software management. Repositories and their use are covered in detail. Then office, multimedia, mail, and Web applications are examined. It includes coverage of the PulseAudio sound interface, Firefox, and Java. Ubuntu Studio and Mythbuntu releases are also discussed. Part 3 covers the two major desktops, GNOME and KDE, in detail discussing features like panels, applets, and file managers. GNOME also includes discussion of Compiz-fusion and its popular desktop effects. KDE is now implemented as KDE 4.1 which provides and entirely new interface with new desktop features, panels, and menus. In addition, the shell interface is also explored, with its command editing, directory navigation, and shell operations capabilities. Part 4 deals with administration topics, first discussing system tools like the GNOME system monitor and the Disk Usage Analyzer. Then a detailed chapter on Ubuntu system administration tools for managing users and file systems is presented, along with service management and the Wine Windows emulator for running Windows applications directly. The network connections chapter covers a variety of network tasks, including manual configuration of network connections, wireless connections, and firewalls, including the new Gufw firewall tool. Printers are now handled in their own chapter, featuring the numerous interface changes implemented by the Ubuntu printing tool.