Posts Tagged 'Natty Narwhal'

Natty Narwhal Alpha 2 Has Been Released

Natty Narwhal Alpha 2 was released on Thursday, February 3, as scheduled. The Natty Narwhal Alpha 2 release of Ubuntu 11.04 is a developer snapshot to give an early glance at what is coming up.

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

You can download Alpha 2 ISOs from:

http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/releases/natty/alpha-2/ (Ubuntu Desktop and Server)
http://uec-images.ubuntu.com/releases/natty/alpha-2/ (Ubuntu Server for UEC and EC2)
http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/ubuntu-netbook/releases/natty/alpha-2/ (Ubuntu Netbook ARM)
http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/kubuntu/releases/natty/alpha-2/ (Kubuntu)
http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/xubuntu/releases/natty/alpha-2/ (Xubuntu)
http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/edubuntu/releases/natty/alpha-2/ (Edubuntu DVD)
http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/ubuntustudio/releases/natty/alpha-2/ (Ubuntu Studio)
http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/mythbuntu/releases/natty/alpha-2/ (Mythbuntu)

One of the key packages appearing for the first time in the Alpha 2 release is LibreOffice 3.3, which has replaced OpenOffice.org 3.2. Alpha 2 now also includes the 2.6.38-4c2 Linux kernel, which is based on the latest release candidate kernel. Alpha 2 also includes a new X stack, comprised of XServer 1.10 and mesa 7.10, along with updates to all the major drivers.

Unity is the default of the Ubuntu Desktop session. This is only partially implemented at this time. The Unity Launcher is now available and can be used to launch applications that are pinned to the launcher and switch between running applications. There is also a rudimentary Places implementation, but it is still very unstable, and scroll bars and search do not work yet. Classic Gnome panel applets are not supported, only indicators.

There are now three kinds of sessions in gdm. Ubuntu Desktop will run Unity by default. The Ubuntu Classic Session will run gnome-panel. (Ubuntu Desktop requires 3D driver support, while Ubuntu Classic supports all video hardware and video drivers.) For the third kind, you can foce a “2D mode only” with Ubuntu Classic Session.

Of note to Nvidia and ATI users: The binary video drivers -fglrx and -nvidia do not have XServer 1.10 compatibility. Therefore, they do not function in Alpha 2. The exact ETAs of the -nvidia and -fglrx updated versions are not known yet.

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Ubuntu Tweak 0.5.8 Released with Support for Natty

Tualatrix has announced the release of Ubuntu Tweak 0.5.8, with some new tweaks and support for Natty Narwhal (Ubuntu 11.04). I have not been able to get Natty working on my computer, so I do not have screenshots of my own (yet).

Other new tweaks include:

Workspace switching with mouse wheel – to make switching desktop workspaces easier. You use this by enabling Workspace switching with mouse wheel (under desktop effects) and then pointing your cursor at the desktop’s blank area. Then you just need to make use of the mouse wheel.

Me Menu name setting – so you can set the name displayed to your actual name instead of the user name – or not have it show up.

Friendly error report – a button is now included to copy error message. Also, for some system errors, Ubuntu Tweak will display a guide to show how to fix the problem.

Support has also been added for Linux Mint 10.

To install Ubuntu Tweak, you need to type the following commands in terminal:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:tualatrix/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install ubuntu-tweak

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Natty Narwhal Alpha 1 Has Been Released

On Thursday, December 2, 2010, Natty Narwhal Alpha 1 was released. This is a developer snapshot to give an early glance at the next version, as well as to test it.

To upgrade from Ubuntu 10.10 on a desktop system, press Alt + F2 and type in “update-manager -d” (without the quotes) into the command box. Update Manager will let you know: New distribution release ‘11.04’ is available. Then you just need to click on Upgrade and follow the instructions.

This release is labeled for developers only. It is far too early a release to be used on production machines. For Ubuntu Desktop and Server, the list of source ISOs is here. I recommend choosing a torrent. Transmission makes torrents easy to add to the download list. If you use a torrent, please consider letting people upload from it for a while after you have finished downloading.

Unity is now the default for the Ubuntu Desktop session. This is only partially implemented. The Unity Launcher is available. It can be used to launch applications that are pinned to the launcher and also to switch between applications. For now, clicking the Ubuntu logo in the upper left of the screen will open the applications directory. This is temporary until the Applications place is available.

Network Manger applet has been patched to use appindicator. Classic Gnome panel applets are not supported in Alpha 1, only indicators.

There are now two kinds of sessions in GDM: Ubuntu Desktop will run Unity by default, and the Ubuntu Classic Session will run gnome-panel. Ubuntu Classic supports all video hardware and video drives. Ubuntu Desktop requires 3D driver support.

Alpha 1 includes the Linux 2.6.37-rc3 kernel which is based on the latest mainline release candidate kernel. This is expected to roll forward to version 2.6.38 for final release.

Please note for installation: the live CD configurations are being reworked for Natty. At this time, the images are a bit too large to fit on a CD. You are advised to use a USB stick or DVD as a workaround.

I will not be upgrading right now, because I have Christmas card address labels to print. Normally, I run my computer for testing so others don’t have to. Right now, it is a production machine. 😉

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Natty Narwhal Daily Build ISO is Available

The Natty Narwhal daily build live ISO is available. I have waited a few days to announce, because right now the ISO files are too big to burn onto a CD. They can be tested using a USB drive, a DVD or a virtual machine. Unfortunately, they don’t show up in Test Drive.

I am determined to use Test Drive if I can, for the alphas. Alphas tend to break machines, and hopefully cleaning up Test Drive will be easier than reinstalling everything.

To install Test Drive, open up the terminal and type in:

sudo apt-get install testdrive-gtk
sudo apt-get install testdrive-common

One last warning – the daily build ISO files right now are PRE-alpha. Although I would like to test them, I’m sure that means even more breakage. 😉

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Release Schedule for Natty Narwhal

The release schedule for Natty Narwhal (Ubuntu 11.04) can be found here. The main dates are:

December 2, 2010 Alpha 1
February 3, 2011 Alpha 2
March 3, 2011 Alpha 3
March 31, 2011 Beta
April 21, 2011 Release Candidate
April 28, 2011 Final Release

Also, Ubuntu 10.04.2 (Lucid Lynx, second full update) will be released on January 27, 2011.

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Ubuntu 11.04 to Move to Unity

Jono Bacon of Ubuntu fame has posted in an article that Ubuntu 11.04 (Natty Narwhal) will be shipping with Unity instead of Gnome Shell. Unity was already shipped on the Ubuntu Netbook Edition in Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat. Bacon claims that “users and OEMs have been enjoying the experience.” I don’t know about OEMs, but I’ve read articles by users that have said they will stay with Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx until 11.04 comes out, so that the bugs in Unity will hopefully be fixed.

Actually, I can say something about one OEM, System 76. Their starting netbook is still shipping with Lucid. ZaReason’s netbook, on the other hand, is shipping with Ubuntu Netbook Edition (with Unity) as an option.

Bacon stressed in his post that Ubuntu is still a GNOME distribution, shipping GNOME apps. As he posted, “The only difference is that Unity is a different shell for GNOME, but we continue to support the latest GNOME Shell development work in the Ubuntu archives.”

I plan to run Natty Narwhal Alpha 1 in Testdrive, and will see if Unity is already the default shell at that time.

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Ubuntu N-imal

First, I want to apologize for the pun. No less than Mark Shuttleworth is responsible. 😉

Shuttleworth announced today that the name of the upcoming Ubuntu version (11.04) is Natty Narwhal. As he explained, “The Narwhal, as an Arctic (and somewhat endangered) animal, is a fitting reminder of the fact that we have only one spaceship that can host all of humanity….” He further explained, “Being a natty narwhal, of course, means we have some obligation to put our best foot forward.”

In other news yesterday, Canonical announced the release of uTouch 1.0, Ubuntu’s multi-touch and gesture stack. With Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick, Ubuntu will support multi-touch screens.

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