Release information for Ubuntu 6.06 LTS

Subject: Announcing Ubuntu 6.06 LTS

The Ubuntu team is proud to announce the release of Ubuntu 6.06 LTS, codenamed "Dapper Drake". This release includes both installable Desktop CDs and alternate text-mode installation CDs for several architectures, for Ubuntu, Kubuntu and Edubuntu.

Ubuntu is a Linux distribution for your desktop or server, with a fast and easy install, regular releases, a tight selection of excellent packages installed by default, every other package you can imagine available with a few clicks from a global network of mirrors, and professional commercial technical support from Canonical Ltd and hundreds of other companies around the world.

Ubuntu 6.06 LTS will be the first Ubuntu release with a long-term support cycle: free security updates and commercial technical support will be available for three years on the desktop, and five years on the server.

To Get Ubuntu 6.06 LTS

Download Ubuntu 6.06 LTS here:

United States:

Europe: (Sweden) (France) (All)

Rest of the World:

To burn these CD images, you will need 700MB media.

To receive a complimentary copy of the Official Ubuntu 6.06 LTS CD --
or a handful of them to give to your friends, your school or LUG --
place your request at the relevant URL below.

About Ubuntu 6.06 LTS

Highlights of this release include:

On the Desktop CD

* A new, very fast, graphical installer based on the Live CD

* Faster system startup and login

* Simplified menu organization

* Graphical shutdown process

* Easy access to power management settings with GNOME Power Manager (Ubuntu)

* Improved support for video playback

* Optional NetworkManager for convenient roaming between different wireless and wired networks

* 2.0.2, 7.0

* Support for ongoing translation updates throughout the life of this release, for all supported desktop environments

On the Server

* New kernels targeted at server platforms. The server kernels are tuned differently than the desktop kernels (providing better performance for server applications).

* Both low-end and "big iron" server kernels. The low-end server kernel is generic, and should work on the same equipment that the desktop kernel runs on. The high-end server kernel is geared towards systems with greater than 8 CPUs (ES7000 / Summit / BIGSMP).

* Turn-key LAMP installation for this common deployment scenario

* Improved support for clusters and SANs

* Thin client enhancements, including faster client startup, graphical boot process, reduced memory requirements, and sound device support


* Automatic setup of non-Latin input methods

* Menu item translations included in language packs, for faster integration of new and updated translations provided through Rosetta

* Ongoing translation updates from the Rosetta web service:

Installation and Upgrades

* Ubuntu can now be installed to USB devices, such as removable hard drives and flash memory, using the text-mode installer

* A new upgrade tool is available, for simple, clean and reliable upgrades from one Ubuntu release to the next, starting with Ubuntu 5.10

* The alternate installer now runs in a single stage, rebooting straight into the complete system. This makes it faster, simpler, and more reliable.

"Under the hood"

* GCC 4.0.3

* glibc 2.3.6

* Linux

* New live CD infrastructure for improved performance, usability and space-efficiency

* Greatly improved infrastructure for automatic hardware detection and activation

* The system PATH is now set in exactly one place, /etc/environment, for convenient administration

As always, Ubuntu includes the very best of the 100% Free / Libre application software world, and each new release incorporates countless new features and bugfixes from the global development community. More detailed release notes are at

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