The Ubuntu team is pleased to announce Ubuntu 11.10 Beta 1.
Codenamed “Oneiric Ocelot”, 11.10 continues Ubuntu’s proud tradition of integrating the latest and greatest open source technologies into a high-quality, easy-to-use Linux distribution. The team has been hard at work through this cycle, introducing new features and fixing bugs.
This release introduces a new set images called Ubuntu Core. These include a minimal software and are can be used as the basis for customized Ubuntu distributions and products.
The DVD images have been slimmed down to 1.5GB, retaining a complete set of language packs, for faster downloading and use on USB drives.
With Ubuntu 11.10, we also welcome a new Ubuntu family member, Lubuntu! Lubuntu, together with Kubuntu, Xubuntu, Edubuntu, Mythbuntu, and Ubuntu Studio also reached Beta 1 status today.
Some of the new features now available are:
DVD images have been revised into extended desktop images with additional language support and a few extra applications, and thereby reduced to a more manageable size of around 1.5 GB.
“Lenses” (formerly “Places”) now integrate multiple sources and advanced filtering like ratings, range, categories.
Thunderbird is included as default email client including menu and launcher integration.
Déjà Dup is included as the default backup tool, making it easy to create backups and upload them to Ubuntu One.
The new gwibber landed in Oneiric bringing improved performance and a new interface using the most recent GNOME technologies.
GNOME got updated to current unstable version (3.1.5) on its way to GNOME 3.2
LightDM now uses the new Unity greeter by default.
The indicators have been visually refreshed, including a refactoring of the session indicator and a new power indicator.
The Ubuntu Software Center adds new “top rated” views to the main category page and all subcategory pages, it allows you to edit or delete your own reviews, and has had a significant speedup for standalone deb file installation.
And we continue to improve the underlying infrastructure:
Ubuntu 11.10 Beta 1 enables support for installing 32-bit library and application packages on 64-bit systems
Ubuntu 11.10 Beta 1 has a new kernel based on v3.0.3.
GNU toolchain has transitioned to be based off of gcc 4.6 for i386, amd64, and ARM omap3/omap4 architectures.
Please see http://www.ubuntu.com/testing/ for details.
Ubuntu Server now includes Orchestra, a collection of the best free software services for provisioning, deploying, hosting, managing, and orchestrating enterprise data center infrastructure services.
Ensemble is now available as well, it is a critical part of Ubuntu Server designed to handle service deployment and orchestration for both cloud and bare metal.
OpenStack has been updated to the latest Diablo-4 development release.
Ubuntu Core is a new minimal rootfs for use in the creation of custom images. Developers will be able to use Ubuntu Core as the basis for their application demonstrations, constrained environment deployments, device support packages, and other goals.
Kubuntu 11.10 Beta 1 sports the latest KDE software including KDE 4.7 Plasma Workspaces and Applications.
Along with KDE 4.7, 11.10 also introduces the new KDEPIM suite, which includes the new Kmail 2.
The new Amarok 2.4.3 music player has several improvements to make it easier to use.
Kubuntu has switched to providing the Muon Software Center and Muon Package manager by default.
Please see https://wiki.kubuntu.org/OneiricOcelot/Beta1/Kubuntu for details.
Xubuntu has changed several default applications: Pastebinit is now included to make it easier to share information. Leafpad is now the default text editor. gThumb has been added to assist with digital
The onscreen keyboard, Onboard, is now included in the default Xubuntu menus, under Accessories. For those who require an onscreen keyboard, this will be much easier to access using only a mouse or touchpad.
Oneiric Ocelot Beta 1 is the first release of Edubuntu to feature a fully translated installer. LTSP Live has been re-written and is now fully translatable and network-manager aware.
This beta also offers a refreshed look and feel with a new wallpaper and login screen.
For more details on what has changed in Edubuntu 11.10, please refer to http://www.edubuntu.org.
Mythbuntu Oneiric Ocelot Beta 1 has transitioned over to the quicker lightdm desktop manager and brings updated builds of MythTV.
Please see http://www.ubuntu.com/testing/oneiric/beta for more details on the above products.
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 http://www.ubuntu.com/support .
If you would like to help shape Ubuntu, take a look at the list of ways you can participate at: http://www.ubuntu.com/community/participate.
Your comments, bug reports, patches and suggestions really help us to improve this and future releases of Ubuntu. Instructions can be found at: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/ReportingBugs.
To Get Ubuntu 11.10 Beta 1
To upgrade to Ubuntu 11.10 Beta 1 from Ubuntu 11.04, follow these instructions:
Or, download Ubuntu 11.10 Beta 1 images from a location near you:
http://www.ubuntu.com/testing/download (Ubuntu and Ubuntu Server)
In addition, they can be found at the following links:
- http://releases.ubuntu.com/oneiric/ (Ubuntu, Ubuntu Server)
- http://cloud-images.ubuntu.com/releases/oneiric/beta-1/ (Ubuntu Cloud Images)
- http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/releases/oneiric/beta-1/ (Ubuntu DVD, Alternates, pre-installed ARM Images)
- http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/netboot/11.10/ (Ubuntu Netboot)
- http://releases.ubuntu.com/kubuntu/oneiric/ (Kubuntu)
- http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/kubuntu/releases/oneiric/beta-1/ (Kubuntu DVD)
- http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/xubuntu/releases/oneiric/beta-1/ (Xubuntu)
- http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/edubuntu/releases/oneiric/beta-1/ (Edubuntu)
- http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/ubuntustudio/releases/oneiric/beta-1/ (Ubuntu Studio)
- http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/mythbuntu/releases/oneiric/beta-1/ (Mythbuntu)
- http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/lubuntu/releases/oneiric/beta-1/ (Lubuntu)
The final version of Ubuntu 11.10 is expected to be released on October 13 2011.
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Originally sent to the ubuntu-devel-announce mailing list by Kate Stewart on Thu Sep 1 21:29:32 UTC 2011