Archive for July, 2011

Ubuntu 12.04 LTS Release Schedule

The Ubuntu 12.04 LTS release schedule has been made available on the Ubuntu Wiki. (Please note that the decision to make the release an LTS was not made at the time of that post.)

Ubuntu 12.04 LTS Release Schedule:

December 1st Alpha 1

February 2nd Alpha 2

March 1st Beta 1

March 22nd Beta 2

April 19th Release Candidate

April 26th Final Release

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Oneiric Ocelot Alpha 2 Ready For Download

Oneiric Ocelot (Ubuntu 11.10) is now available for download.

To upgrade from Ubuntu 11.04 on a desktop system, press Alt+F2 and type in “update-manager -d” (without the quotes) into the command box. Update Manager will then tell you: New distribution release ‘11.10’ is available. Then you just need to click Upgrade and follow the on-screen instructions.

Although it is possible to download the Alpha 2, most of the images are oversize. If that is the case, you can use either a DVD or USB for installation rather than a CD.

You can download Alpha 2 ISOs from:

http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/releases/oneiric/alpha-2/ (Ubuntu and Ubuntu Server)
http://uec-images.ubuntu.com/releases/oneiric/alpha-2/ (Ubuntu Cloud Server)
http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/xubuntu/releases/oneiric/alpha-2/ (Xubuntu)
http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/edubuntu/releases/oneiric/alpha-2/ (Edubuntu DVD)

Some of the key packages ;making their first appearance with Alpha 2 are:

Linux Kernel 3.0-rc5
gcc 4.6.1 compiler
Firefox 5.0
Thunderbird 5.0
A Mesa 7.11 snapshot

Alpha 2 contains GNOME 3.0, with some parts upgraded to the 3.1.2 alpha releases. Unity, the theme, and Ayatana scrollbars were updated for GTK/GNOME3.

The standard email client is now Mozilla Thunderbird. GNOME Evolution will still be supported, but is not on the CD images.

I will not be testing Oneiric at this early stage, because I now am in the process of getting a volunteer job where I can work at home with my computer. The job will be with the Logan County (CO) Humane Society, using Animal Shelter Manager. I was very happy to find that ASM works on my Ubuntu box.

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