Release information for Ubuntu 6.06 LTS Beta 2

Subject: Ubuntu 6.06 LTS Beta 2 released

The Ubuntu, Kubuntu, and Edubuntu teams are proud to present a second Beta release of Ubuntu/Kubuntu/Edubuntu 6.06 LTS, codenamed "Dapper Drake". This release corrects some serious flaws in the installer present on the Desktop CD in the first Beta release. Although the text-mode install CD also forms part of this release, it has not been modified since Beta 1.

An updated Xubuntu release is also in preparation and will be announced shortly.

To Get 6.06 LTS Beta 2

Download Ubuntu/Kubuntu/Edubuntu 6.06 LTS Beta 2 here (choose the mirror closest to you):

Europe: (Ubuntu) (Kubuntu) (Kubuntu)

United Kingdom: (Ubuntu) (Kubuntu) (Edubuntu)

Rest of the World: (Ubuntu) (Kubuntu) (Edubuntu)

Please download using Bittorrent if possible.

To upgrade from Ubuntu 5.10 to Ubuntu 6.06 LTS Beta 2, follow these instructions:

The final version of Ubuntu 6.06 LTS is expected to be released in June. At that time, we will mail pressed Desktop CDs free of charge.

Changes from 6.06 LTS Beta 1

* If the Desktop CD installer crashes, a signal handling issue in Beta 1 meant that it was possible for its subprocesses to run wild, which was reported to damage partition tables in some cases (#40464). This has been corrected.

* A number of crashes in the Desktop CD installer have been fixed, including a keyboard selector crash when a country without a default keyboard was chosen (#40658), a Kubuntu crash on entering a non-ASCII name (#40666), a language selector crash when choosing certain languages (#41132), and a Kubuntu crash in partitioning for certain languages (#41621). If the installer still crashes, it will now try to provide useful information that we can use to fix the problem, so please use this release in preference to any earlier one.

* Atheros wireless network cards are now usable after installation (#40547).

* Installation to ReiserFS filesystems should now work.

Of course, an extra week''s worth of the whole team''s development and stabilisation efforts is also included.

Feedback and Helping

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Your comments, bug reports, patches and suggestions will help turn this Beta 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 aren''t 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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Colin Watson []