Subject: Ubuntu 5.10 (Breezy Badger) Preview Release
The Ubuntu team is proud to announce the Preview Release of Ubuntu 5.10 - codenamed "Breezy Badger". The Preview Release includes both Install CDs and bootable Live CDs for three architectures.
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 from the network, a commitment to security updates for 18 months after each release and professional technical support from many companies around the world.
To Get Ubuntu 5.10 Preview
Download Ubuntu 5.10 Preview here (choose the mirror closest to you):
United States: http://us.releases.ubuntu.com/releases/5.10/
United Kingdom: http://releases.ubuntu.com/5.10/
Rest of the World: http://releases.ubuntu.com/5.10/
Please download using Bittorrent if possible.
The final version of Ubuntu 5.10 is expected to be released in October. At that time, we will mail pressed CDs free of charge. To receive a complimentary copy of the Official Breezy Badger CD -- or a handful of them to give to your friends, your school or LUG -- place your request at the URL below. Remember that these CDs won''t ship until after the final release in October.
About Ubuntu 5.10 Preview
To see it all, you''ll need to try the CD, but the highlights include:
On the Desktop
* GNOME 2.12 -- Very fresh... Released yesterday!! * OpenOffice.org 2.0 beta 2 * X.org 6.8.2 with wider hardware support * An enhanced tool for easily installing new applications (see "Add/Remove Programs" in the System Administration menu) * A new tool which makes it easy to install support for multiple languages (Language Selector) * Editable GNOME menus * Applications are now linked into the Launchpad infrastructure (new entries on the Help menus for translation and support) * Support for writing audio CDs (Serpentine) * Graphical boot process with progress bar (USplash)
On the Server
* PHP5 * Support for installing directly onto LVM volumes * Built-in thin client functionality produced in cooperation with the LTSP project (http://wiki.ubuntu.com/ThinClientHowto) * Simple NFS root setup with automatic hardware detection through initramfs-tools * Support for up to 4 gigabytes of RAM by default on 32-bit architectures * Kernel support for cluster filesystems (OCFS2 and GFS)
Hardware Support Improvements
* Linux 184.108.40.206 with many updated drivers from third parties * Further enhancements to laptop support (hot keys, and working suspend/resume on more models) * HP all-in-one printer/scanner devices are supported out of the box * Bluetooth input devices (such as keyboards and mice) are supported out of the box * Multiple audio devices are handled more gracefully (and one can easily select the default device) * 64-bit PowerPC kernel available
* A new OEM mode to simplify the process of preinstalling Ubuntu on computers for resale or redistribution * Automatically makes existing hard drive partitions available to the desktop * Simple "dual boot" configuration with automatic resizing of an existing installed OS * The second stage of the installation now has a progress bar
"Under the hood"
* GCC 4.0.1 * glibc 2.3.5 * New early userspace infrastructure based on initramfs-tools * More modular X.org packaging
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.
Feedback and Helping
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