Not only is OpenSuSE v10.1 Beta 9 being pushed out today but also Ubuntu Dapper Drake Flight 6. While Dapper Drake was originally slated for an April launch, it has since been delayed to June 1st to yield greater time for quality assurance and corporate capabilities. Ubuntu Dapper Drake Flight 6 is home to a host of improvements. Specific information for Ubuntu v6.06 Flight 6 is available here.
Warren Woodford has announced yesterday that a new test version of the MEPIS Linux distribution is now based upon the Ubuntu Dapper Drake package pools, rather than Debian itself. This work has been done to smooth the way for SimplyMEPIS 6.0. At this time, only a testing version of the MEPIS + Ubuntu duo is available.
Mark Shuttleworth's proposal for a six week delay has passed. It is now official by the Ubuntu community that the next installment of Ubuntu -- Dapper Drake v6.04 -- will now be delayed until June 01, 2006. The original April 20 launch was canceled for this six week delay in order to have extra time to fulfill a few additions. Ubuntu Dapper Drake is slated to be their first Enterprise-grade release for desktop and server usage. The six week delay will make time for an additional three weeks of bug-fix-only quality assurance, improve localization for Asian (and other) languages, user interface polishing, Xfce inclusion to the main repository, insurance LSB certification, wider testing of Ubuntu server kernels and server features, improved LiveCD testing. More information on Mark Shuttleworth's remarks can be found here.
The fifth Alpha, or referred as Dapper Flight 5 by Shuttleworth's community, of Ubuntu v6.04 Dapper Drake has been released. With many of the low-level enhancements now complete, they have begun adding some finishing touches to this release scheduled for release in April 2006, although there has been some discussions of a possible delay in order to finalize a few finishing touches. Of the new noticeable improvements in this development build is a new installer splash screen, assistive technology available from the initial boot screen, new Ubuntulooks artwork and theme based upon a light brown version of Clearlooks, new icons, help menu resource, improved add/remove applications utility, Graphical Power Tools - gdebi, OpenOffice.org v2.0.2, and a graphical shutdown menu. Some of the packages making their way into Ubuntu v6.04 Flight 5 is GNOME v2.13.90, Linux 2.6.15 kernel, X.Org v7.0, Firefox v1.5, and AbiWord v2.4.2. Marking Flight 5 is the latest v6.04 builds of Ubuntu, Kubuntu, and Edubuntu. More information on Flight 5 is available here.
The friendly folks over at DistroWatch have provided some coverage of Mark Shuttleworth's recent visit during the Ubuntu Asia Business Tour. Mark Shuttleworth had a three day stop in Taipei, Taiwan, during which he spoke to Linux enthusiasts at the National Taiwan University in the Department of Computer Science and Information Engineering. During this visit, he also attended a Linux party, or rather an Ubuntu Install-Fest at a local coffee shop.
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