Natty Narwhal Beta 1 is Available

Natty Narwhal Beta 1 has been made available for testing and perusal. It was made available on March 31.

Ubuntu Netbook Edition and Ubuntu Desktop Edition have now been combined into a single Edition called “Ubuntu” (with no edition).

To upgrade from Ubuntu 10.10 (Maverick) on a desktop system, simply press Alt+F2, type in “update-manager -d” (without the quotes) and press enter. Then Update Manager should display the message “New distribution release ‘11.04’ is available.” You then need to click Upgrade and follow the directions.

Beta 1 images can be downloaded from: (Ubuntu and Ubuntu Server)

In addition, they can be found at the following links: (Ubuntu, Ubuntu Server) (Ubuntu DVD, source) (Ubuntu Server for UEC and EC2) (Ubuntu Netbook ARM) (Ubuntu Netboot) (Kubuntu) (Kubuntu DVD, preinstalled ARM images) (Xubuntu) (Edubuntu) (Ubuntu Studio) (Mythbuntu)

Beta 1 includes the 2.6.38-7.39 Linux kernel, which is based on the latest mainline kernel. This is a major update from the v2.6.35 in Maverick.

LibreOffice 3.3.2 has been included in 11.04 as the default office package.

Ubuntu 11.04 comes with Firefox 4.0 as the standard browser.

I plan to try Beta 1 even though one of the known issues is that installing the proprietary Nvidia drivers causes Plymouth to hang on some systems. Other warnings include: Ubuntu on i386 systems will occasionally not reboot after completing the installation and clicking “Reboot Now.”

Here’s hoping it works now and I don’t have to keep waiting to do a review!

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