Lucid Lynx Alpha 3 Has Been Released

Lucid Lynx Alpha 3 was released last Thursday (February 25) as scheduled. As always, it comes with the warning that it is an alpha release, not to be installed on production machines.

If you are upgrading from Ubuntu 9.10 or Ubuntu 8.04 LTS on a desktop system, you just need to press Alt + F2 and type in “update-manager -d” – without the quotes – into the command box. Once any other necessary updates are done, Update Manager will tell you: New distribution release ‘10.04’ is available. Then you just need to click upgrade and follow the instructions.

You may remember that I fussed about Yahoo becoming the default search engine. This has indeed happened, but the default Home Page will use either Google or Yahoo depending on your user setting. (I must admit, because I use Google Reader to keep up with the latest happenings in the Linux world, I immediately go into a new install of Mozilla Firefox, go to Edit > Preferences > General, and type in for the home page. This means I can use IGoogle – my personalized home page with Google Reader set up – as needed.)

There is a new default open source driver for nVidia hardware. The Nouveau video driver provides kernel mode setting, which will give improved resolution detection. Of course, if you need 3D acceleration there is always System > Administration > Hardware Drivers, which will lead you to the best nVidia proprietary driver for your video card. Now, there is even improved support for the proprietary drivers. Thanks to a new alternatives system, it is now possible to install all three drivers at the same time, although it is only possible to have one configured at a time.

The MeMenu in the panel now provides built-in integration with Twitter,, Facebook and other social networks. The MeMenu is built upon the Gwibber project.

ISOs and torrents of Alpha 3 are available at: (Ubuntu Desktop and Server) (Ubuntu Server for UEC and EC2) (Kubuntu Desktop and Netbook Remix) (Xubuntu) (Edubuntu) (Mythbuntu) (Ubuntu Studio)

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