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Ubuntu 11.10 Alpha 2 Released

The second alpha release of Ubuntu 11.10 is now available for download.

GNOME 3 forms the basis of the desktop, with the latest development build of Unity atop. Unity 2D is shipped on the disc as the non-compositedfallback option.

Changes from Alpha 1

Application changes in this alpha include: –

  • Firefox 5 (final)
  • Deja Dup (back up tool)
  • Thunderbird 5 (new default e-mail client)
  • Synaptic Package Manager has been removed
Elsewhere the Linux Kernel has been updated to version 3.0 rc5.

Looks

The default Ubuntu GTK themes havebeen updated to GTK3 and improvementsto the Overlay Scrollbars are also present.

LightDM is now the default login manager. However forgive its lack of looks – it is yet to be themed!

Do not test

Canonical’s Kate Stewart stressed the nature of development releases in her releaseannouncementto the Ubuntu Developer Mailing list: –

Pre-releases of Oneiric Ocelot are *not* encouraged for anyone needinga stablesystem or anyone who is not comfortable running into occasional,even frequent breakage. They are, however, recommended for Ubuntudevelopers and those who want to help in testing, reporting, and fixingbugs.

Before you try

If you’re considering taking the Ocelot for awhirl thendo,please, bear in mind that it is an alpha release. Alpha means unstable experience, half implemented features, in-progress changes and bugs – plenty of ‘em!

Our tip is to test Alpha 2 using the LiveCD or, for a semi-permanentinstallation,install it to a USB stick.

Download Ubuntu 11.10 Alpha 2

Live CD, DVD and USB images can be download via the links @ubuntu.com/testing/oneiric/alpha2