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Ubuntu 11.10 Alpha 3 Released

The third alpha release of the Ubuntu 11.10 development cycle has been made available for download.

As Ubuntu 11.10 is still in active development you are not advised to install this alpha on your Mom’s laptop, your Brother’s nettop or even your own desktop.

What’s new since Alpha 2?

The latest experimentalsnapshots of Compiz and Unity are provided in Alpha 3, with notable new features,options and changesincluding visual feedback on the trash icon when dropping files into it, improved launcher reveal logic, and a newly coloured ‘Grid’ highlight.

Revamped ALT+TAB

Note: The new look Alt+Tab is is currently bound to CTRL+TAB during testing.

Gwibber

An all new Gwibber is present, boasting a brand new look, slick animatedtransitionsand massively improved performance.

We were given a sneak peek of this just before it landed and it’s come on leaps and bounds since then.

Indicators

It’s all change on the Indicator front with the removal of the Me Menu; a rejigged ‘Messaging Menu’; a new-look session indicator and the arrival of a brand new power indicator (that, joy of joys, is able to actually report you battery life!).

Support for middle-clickingon indicators has also been introduced, but until developers get chance to play around with itdon’t expect too much from this just yet.

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For further information refer to: wiki.ubuntu.com/OneiricOcelot/TechnicalOverview/Alpha3