Lucid Lynx Alpha 2 Has Been Released

Ubuntu Lucid Lynx Alpha 2 was released on January 14. I am late in reporting this because I wanted to install it and give it an independent review. I ran into a problem: Instead of installing Lucid normally, my install disk caused a kernel panic.

I found out very quickly that Launchpad, Ubuntu’s bug reporting and testing site, does not support reporting a bug if you do not know the exact package that has broken and the bug occurs while you are installing. Thankfully, update-manager -d, which is the normal way to upgrade from an existing Ubuntu installation, isn’t working either. This meant I could use the command ubuntu-bug updte-manager to get the proper file information collected and sent to Launchpad. Once I got that done, I also mentioned the other bug.

The old system, where you could report a bug without having to go to all of these information-collecting steps, was better IMHO. That way, you could just go to the Ubuntu Bugs section of bugs.launchpad.net and file a bug manually. I know that this did not always give the developers every piece of information they wanted, but the problem as it now stands is that whole classes of bugs are difficult if not impossible to report at all.

Back to Lucid Lynx Alpha 2: As the website says, get it while it’s hot! ISOs and torrents are available at:

http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/releases/lucid/alpha-2/ (Ubuntu Desktop and Server)
http://uec-images.ubuntu.com/releases/lucid/alpha-2/ (Ubuntu Server for UEC and EC2)
http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/ports/releases/lucid/alpha-2/ (Ubuntu ARM)
http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/kubuntu/releases/lucid/alpha-2/ (Kubuntu Desktop and Netbook Remix)
http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/xubuntu/releases/lucid/alpha-2/ (Xubuntu)
http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/edubuntu/releases/lucid/alpha-2/ (Edubuntu)
http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/mythbuntu/releases/lucid/alpha-2/ (Mythbuntu)

May your testing be enjoyable! Lucid Lynx is going to be an LTS (long-term support) release. This means everything will have to work on it. I had a feeling that Karmic included so much new stuff that it wasn’t possible for the developers and testers to take care of everything. I am looking forward to the Lucid Lynx final release.

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2 Responses to “Lucid Lynx Alpha 2 Has Been Released”


  1. 1 robinzrants January 20, 2010 at 11:12 am

    I wish I had a spare ‘puter to test it on! It seems to me that Ubuntu Karmic was full of problems and bugs, but Xubuntu Karmic has been flawless! It doesn’t ship with most of the software that has given people fits in Ubuntu (PulseAudio, for example – Xubuntu relies on ALSA instead). I’m sure that Lucid Xubuntu will be especially awesome, and I’ll prob’ly just stick with the LTS versions of it from now on. Using Ubuntuzilla, it’s easy enough to keep up with latest versions of Firefox and Thunderbird no matter what older version of K/X/Ubuntu you’re using.

    • 2 ubuntulady January 20, 2010 at 11:28 pm

      Thank you for letting me know Xubuntu works well even in Karmic. I finally after several attempts to upgrade went with sudo upgrade-manager -d (run in terminal) and that worked. Lucid works right now, even in the full Ubuntu version. 🙂


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