Release information for Ubuntu 8.10 Release Candidate

Subject: Announcing Ubuntu 8.10 Release Candidate

The Ubuntu team is pleased to announce the Release Candidate for Ubuntu 8.10 Desktop and Server. Codenamed "Intrepid Ibex", 8.10 continues Ubuntu's proud tradition of integrating the latest and greatest open source technologies into a high-quality, easy-to-use Linux distribution.

We consider this release candidate to be complete, stable, and suitable for testing by any user.

Ubuntu 8.10 Desktop Edition delivers the features you need for an increasingly mobile digital life, including 3G wireless support and guest sessions that lets users temporarily share computers without compromising security.

Ubuntu 8.10 Server Edition consolidates its support for virtualization with an integrated Virtual Machine builder, and brings with it a fully-supported Java stack and support for per-user directory encryption.

The Ubuntu 8.10 family of variants, Kubuntu, Xubuntu, UbuntuStudio, and Mythbuntu, also reach RC status today.

The final release of Ubuntu 8.10 is scheduled for 30 October 2008 and will be supported for 18 months on both desktops and servers. Users requiring a longer support lifetime may choose to continue using Ubuntu 8.04 LTS, with security support until 2011 on the desktop and 2013 on the server, rather than upgrade to 8.10.

Before installing or upgrading to Ubuntu 8.10 please read

About The Release Candidate

The purpose of the Release Candidate is to solicit one last round of testing before the final release. Here are ways that you can help:

* Upgrade from Ubuntu, Kubuntu, or Edubuntu 8.04 to the Release Candidate by following the instructions in the release notes referenced above.

* Participate in installation testing using the Release Candidate CD images, by following the testing and reporting instructions at

Desktop features

Xorg 7.4 brings improved support for automatic configuration of input hardware, such as keyboards and mice.

3G support: Network Manager 0.7 comes with a number of greatly anticipated features, including management of 3G connections (GSM/CDMA) and PPP/PPPoE connnections.

Guest sessions: the User Switcher panel applet provides a new option for starting a Guest session. This creates a temporary, password-less user account with restricted privileges - perfect for lending out your laptop for a quick email check.

Server features

Encrypted private directories: the installer now offers the option to configure a secret encrypted folder for each user, to be unlocked and mounted at login time, using ecryptfs.

Virtualization: Ubuntu 8.10 ships with a Virtual Machine builder that allows complete Virtual Machines to be built from the command line in less than five minutes, with support for scripting custom virtual images.

Java: a complete free Java=E2=84=A2 stack is supported in Ubuntu 8.10, including OpenJDK and Apache Tomcat 6.0, making Ubuntu a great choice for Java development and deployment.

Kubuntu features

Kubuntu builds on the groundwork of the Kubuntu 8.04 KDE 4 Remix to provide a fully-supported KDE 4 desktop in Kubuntu 8.10.

Please see for details.

Xubuntu features

Xubuntu comes with the light-weight Xfce 4.4.2 desktop environment for those who want a desktop that is easy to use, but places particular emphasis on conserving system resources.

Please see for further details.

UbuntuStudio features

Ubuntu Studio includes the updates to input hardware and sound device management from Ubuntu Desktop, and includes a complete suite of tools for generation of audio, video, and graphic content.

Mythbuntu features

See for information about the Mythbuntu release candidate.

A more complete tour of the features new in 8.10 can be found at

About Ubuntu

Ubuntu is a full-featured Linux distribution for desktops, laptops, and servers, with a fast and easy installation and regular releases. A tightly-integrated selection of excellent applications is included, and an incredible variety of add-on software is just a few clicks away.

Professional technical support is available from Canonical Limited and hundreds of other companies around the world. For more information about support, visit

To Get the Ubuntu 8.10 Release Candidate CD

To perform a new installation or try out 8.10 "live" from CD, download the Ubuntu 8.10 Release Candidate (choose the mirror closest to you):


* (Botswana) * (Lesotho) * (Mozambique) * (Swaziland) * (South Africa) * (Zimbabwe)


* (Taiwan) * (Taiwan) * (Taiwan)


* (Belgium) * (France) * (Germany) * (Ireland) * (Netherlands) * (Spain) * (Sweden)

North America:

* (Canada) * (United States) * (United States)


* (Australia) * (New Zealand) * (New Zealand)

South America:

* (Brazil) * (Brazil)

Rest of the world: (Great Britain)

Please download using Bittorrent if possible. See for more information about using Bittorrent.

Upgrading from Ubuntu 8.04 LTS

To upgrade to Ubuntu 8.10 Release Candidate from Ubuntu 8.04 LTS, follow these instructions:

Feedback and Helping

If you would like to help shape Ubuntu, take a look at the list of ways you can participate at

Your comments, bug reports, patches and suggestions will help turn this Release Candidate into the best release of Ubuntu ever. Please report bugs through the Launchpad bug tracker:

If you have a question, or if you think you may have found a bug but are not sure, first try asking on the #ubuntu IRC channel on FreeNode, on the Ubuntu Users mailing list, or on the Ubuntu forums:

More Information

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