Ubuntu 10.04 LTS Beta 2 Released

Ubuntu 10.04 (Lucid Lynx) LTS Beta 2 was released Thursday, April 8 as scheduled.  I will try to list new features that I have not already covered.  A full announcement was made on http://fridge.ubuntu.com/.

New desktop features include what is known as “Social from the start” – Lucid features built-in integration with Twitter, identi.ca, Facebook and other social networks with the MeMenu in the top panel.  Ubuntu Netbook Edition is now optimized to run on Intel atom-based netbooks.  The netbook edition also includes a new interface that allows users to quickly and easily get on-line and use their preferred applications.
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The desktop version will now be using GNOME 2.30, and OpenOffice.org 3.2.0.

The full release notes can be found at http://www.ubuntu.com/testing/lucid/beta2.

As always, upgrading from Ubuntu 9.10 or (since this is an LTS release) Ubuntu 8.04 LTS simply requires pressing Alt + F2 and typing in “update-manager -d” (without the quotes) into the command box. Once Update Manager tells you, New distribution release “10.04” is available, you then need to click Upgrade and follow the on-screen instructions.

As they say in the release, get it while it’s hot. ISOs and torrents for the Ubuntu family are available at:

http://releases.ubuntu.com/releases/10.04/ (Ubuntu Desktop and Server)
http://uec-images.ubuntu.com/releases/10.04/beta-2/ (Ubuntu Server for UEC and EC2)
http://releases.ubuntu.com/kubuntu/10.04/ (Kubuntu Desktop and Netbook Remix)
http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/xubuntu/releases/lucid/beta-2/ (Xubuntu)
http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/edubuntu/releases/lucid/beta-2/ (Edubuntu)
http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/mythbuntu/releases/lucid/beta-2/ (Mythbuntu)
http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/ubuntustudio/releases/lucid/beta-2/ (Ubuntu Studio)

One last note: Rick Spencer of Canonical has announced that for the final release of Lucid, Ubuntu will use Google as the default provider.

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