Edgy Beta for Ubuntu 6.10 Released

With a new version of Ubuntu just one month away, the Beta release for Ubuntu 6.10 (still codenamed Edgy Eft) is now available!

The following are a highlight of significant new features for the release:

  • The Ubuntu desktop now features the latest GNOME 2.16, OpenOffice.org 2.0.4rc2 and Xorg 7.1.
  • The Ubuntu Server edition now contains a task selection allowing easier installation for email servers, web servers and other common configurations
  • For diskless thin-clients, there’s a pre-release of the upcoming LTSP 5.0. Support for local devices, printers connected to thin clients, with language and session selection from the login manager. Etherboot out-of-the-box and new network swapping support can now reduce the minimum requirements for thin clients to 32MB memory.
  • For developers wanting a look under the hood, Edgy features GCC 4.1.1, glibc 2.4, a Linux 2.6.17 kernel and Upstart—the new init system.

Along with the release annoucement came the Edgy Eft Beta release notes, tailored to Kubuntu users and Ubuntu users.

If you are currently on Ubuntu 6.06 LTS (“dapper drake”) and want to help test the new Edgy Beta, there are instructions on how to upgrade from Ubuntu 6.06 LTS Dapper to Edgy Beta in order to help with the testing.

If you are interested in helping out with reporting and triaging bugs, then please install or upgrade to help all the developers out with feedback on the new Edgy Beta today!

Download your copy of of an Edgy Beta, it’s a single CD download to get you started:

  • Ubuntu, GNOME-based
  • Kubuntu, KDE-based
  • Edubuntu, ideal for schools and thin-clients
  • Xubuntu will be available soon
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