Archive for March, 2011

Natty Alpha 3

Natty Narwhal Alpha 3 was released on March 3. I have not been able to use Natty because the Nvidia driver was not up-to-date. Otherwise, I would have kept better track.

As always, to upgrade from Ubuntu 10.10 (Maverick) on a desktop system, press Alt + F2 and type the words “update-manager -d” (without the quotes) into the command box. The update manager should then tell you: “New distribution release ‘11.04’ is available. Then you just need to click Upgrade and follow the instructions.

You can download Alpha 3 ISOs from:

http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/releases/natty/alpha-3/ (Ubuntu Desktop and Server)
http://uec-images.ubuntu.com/releases/natty/alpha-3/ (Ubuntu Server for UEC and EC2)
http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/ubuntu-netbook/releases/natty/alpha-3/ (Ubuntu Netbook ARM)
http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/kubuntu/releases/natty/alpha-3/ (Kubuntu)
http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/xubuntu/releases/natty/alpha-3/ (Xubuntu)
http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/edubuntu/releases/natty/alpha-3/ (Edubuntu DVD)
http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/ubuntustudio/releases/natty/alpha-3/ (Ubuntu Studio)
http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/mythbuntu/releases/natty/alpha-3/ (Mythbuntu)

Some of the new features with this Alpha 3 release are:

Linux Kernel 2.6.38-rc6
LibreOffice 3.3.1
Upstart 0.9
Dpkg 1.16.0

The binary video drivers -fglrx and -nvidia do not have XServer 1.10 compatibility, so they do not function in Alpha 3. The exact ETAs of the AMD and Nvidia drivers are still not known. The Beta 1 will (most likely) be out on March 31. I am hoping to be able to test Natty then. 🙂

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