The day has finally come that we see the release of Ubuntu v7.04, or perhaps better known as Ubuntu Feisty Fawn. For months now at Phoronix we have been covering the beta and alpha releases of Feisty Fawn, but today is the final non-LTS release. Desktop and server downloads are available from Ubuntu.com. Likewise, Kubuntu, Xubuntu, and Edubuntu will all be available today. Ubuntu Studio should also be available shortly. You may be interested in our Visual History of Ubuntu. After you have given Feisty Fawn a try, be sure to share your thoughts on it in the Phoronix Forums.
Warty Warthog, Hoary Hedgehog, Breezy Badger, Dapper Drake, Edgy Eft, and now Feisty Fawn, but what is the codename for the next Ubuntu release? Gutsy Gibbon. Ubuntu 7.10 non-LTS will be known as "Gutsy Gibbon" and will actually include two releases. Coming along side the "normal" Ubuntu release will be a new ultra-free version that includes "no firmware, drivers, imagery, sounds, applications, or other content." This new version will be developed in conjunction with the gNewSense project from the Free Software Foundation. Mark Shuttleworth hopes that Ubuntu Gutsy Gibbon will feature Composite support by default. The final release of Ubuntu 7.10 is tentatively scheduled for October 18, 2007. The Gutsy Gibbon roadmap can be read on the Ubuntu Wiki.
The beta release for Ubuntu 7.04 Feisty Fawn is now available for download. Among the improvements in this release is the migration-assistant, improved wireless networking support, and much improved multimedia support. The Ubuntu 7.04 release announcement can be read here.
Over at MichaelLarabel.com I have revisited Ubuntu's Migration Assistant. This utility makes it effortless to transport your settings and files from Windows or another Linux distribution into a new Ubuntu system. This utility works surprisingly well with plenty of more options to come.
The final Herd (alpha) release is now available from Ubuntu mirrors before the beta and release candidate versions of the upcoming 7.04 Feisty Fawn release. New in Ubuntu Feisty Fawn herd 5 is artwork improvements, X.Org 7.2, improved desktop effects support, and much more. The most notable changes are detailed here.
Are you looking to re-master a LiveCD/DVD of Ubuntu Dapper Drake and Edgy Eft (or Linux Mint)? Well, head on over to the Phoronix Forums where Fragadelic has written a script to make this process very easy.
Ubuntu Feisty Fawn will not ship with the proprietary display drivers for NVIDIA and ATI graphics cards. This decision was made by the Ubuntu Technical Board, but the status quo of offering the drivers through Ubuntu repositories will remain. Official PowerPC support for Ubuntu 7.04 Feisty Fawn has also been dropped. More information is available here.
The third Herd (Alpha) release of Ubuntu 7.04 Feisty Fawn is now available for download. Among the changes are GNOME 2.17.90, GTK+ 2.10.9, Xfce 4.4 for Xubuntu, Ubuntu's graphical installer has a new advanced partitioning tool, painless codec installation, KVM and VMware's VMI layer, and a lot of other changes. Download links and more information is available in the Wiki.
On top of O'Reilly's Open Source Convention (OSCON) going on at the end of July in Oregon, the first-ever Ubuntu Live 2007 conference will be taking place. The schedule and details are still being worked on, and there is also a call for presentations. More on Ubuntu Live 2007 is available here.
First there was Ubuntu, and now the *buntu craze has flourished into an array of derivatives. From Xubuntu to Ubuntu Christian Edition, each version aims to offer something that the other doesn't (at least without downloading any of the packages manually). The latest Ubuntu project to crop up is Ubuntu Studio. The hopes of Ubuntu Studio is to create a derivative for multimedia creation with audio, video, and graphics. The Ubuntu Studio home-page is available here, and a Wiki has also been setup. No downloads are available at this time, but the hope is that it will be ready in time for the release of Ubuntu Feisty Fawn this April. Also, if you have any questions for Mark Shuttleworth, be sure to shoot on over to the Phoronix Forums.
The second development release for Ubuntu 7.04 "Feisty Fawn" has hit the mirrors. Ubuntu 7.04 Herd 2 integrates GNOME 2.17.5, ZeroConfNetworking, F-Spot v0.3, GTK+ 2.10.7, KVM virtualization support, WINE 0.9.29, and much much more. The changes and download links can be found here.
In time for the April release of Ubuntu Feisty Fawn, Phoronix will be hosting an interview with Mark Shuttleworth -- the founder of Ubuntu as well as a space tourist. With that said, if you have any questions you would like to see answered by Mark, please head on over to the THIS THREAD in the Phoronix Forums.
For our last article for 2006 we have compared the 32-bit and 64-bit performance of Ubuntu. We not only used Ubuntu 6.10 Edgy Eft but also Ubuntu 7.04 Feisty Fawn Herd 1 for comparison. This article can be read here and a discussion thread. Have a happy new year!
The first development build for Ubuntu 7.04 "Feisty Fawn" has been released. While Ubuntu has tagged development builds as Colonies, Knots, and Flights in the past, this time around the development versions will be Herds: Ubuntu Feisty Fawn Herd 1, Feisty Fawn Herd 2, etc... Featured in Ubuntu 7.04 Feisty Fawn Herd 1 is GNOME 2.17, new disk analyzer, Linux 2.6.19 kernel, and a massive package merge from Debian. The release announcement can be read here, while here is the mailing list announcement. Ubuntu 7.04 Herd 1 screenshots will be up on Phoronix later, but if you give this development release a go, be sure to share your trial experience on the Phoronix Forums.
An Ubuntu Developer Summit (UDS) is currently taking place in Mountain View, California, as developers begin to prepare for Ubuntu 7.04 Feisty Fawn (what an interesting codename). This summit is taking place from November 5 to November 10 on the Google Campus. A Wiki page is available for additional details. A few Ubuntu developers have also been blogging about their UDS experience -- Joey Stanford, Melissa Draper, and Dennis Kaarsemaker.
Ubuntu 6.10 Edgy Eft has been released this morning! Unlike the release four months ago of 6.06 Dapper Drake, Edgy Eft will only be supported for 18 months unlike the LTS (Long Term Support) found in Drake. Some of the Ubuntu highlights are the integration of GNOME 2.16, more mono programs, shutdown/startup improvements, and server improvements as well. The release announcement can be read on the mailing list.
Following in the 6-month release cycles, the next installment of Ubuntu will come out in April of next year. Ubuntu 7.04 has been codenamed "The Feisty Fawn". Mark Shuttleworth has already mentioned a few details about what users can expect in this next release: improvements to hardware support in laptops, desktop and high-end server market, and adoption of upcoming desktop technologies. Ubuntu Feisty Fawn will also focus upon multimedia enablement and desktop effects. Additional planning will begin next month at the Ubuntu Developer Summit. These comments on Ubuntu 7.04 can be found in the Ubuntu list. Meanwhile, Ubuntu 6.10 Edgy Eft will officially be launched on October 26, 2006.
Edgy Eft -- the codename for the Ubuntu 6.10 cycle -- has finally reached Beta. Ubuntu 6.10 Beta 1 delivers GNOME 2.16.0, X.Org 7.1, OpenOffice.org 2.0.4 RC2, and the usual assortment of other packages. Kubuntu and Xubuntu are also coming out with their 6.10 Beta 1 candidate. More on Edgy Eft Beta 1 can be found here.
The most recent move out of the Ubuntu Foundation has been the creation of an ubuntu-desktop-effects team. This group of people will focus on the integration of 3D effects into the Ubuntu desktop using Compiz, XGL, and AIGLX. At the time of posting there are currently no open bugs for this department, no support requests, and there are ten direct members. More on this desktop effects team can be found at Launchpad. Mark Shuttleworth has pointed out on his blog that they are also in need of experienced OpenGL developers. The official project announcement can be read here.
The second development (knot) release of Ubuntu 6.10 (codename: Edgy Eft) has been released. Ubuntu 6.10 Knot 2 has been upgraded to X.Org 7.1, GNOME 2.16.0 Release Candidate 1, and many more changes. Like usual, all of the official *buntu derivatives have been upgrades to Knot 2 included Kubuntu, Xubuntu, and Edubuntu. The release announcement is on the Ubuntu mailing list.
Now available from the Ubuntu Universe repository is Upstart. Upstart is a replacement for the init daemon in Ubuntu. NetSplit has an article discussing the reasons for this change, the daemon's design, and what all is affected.
A maintenance release for Ubuntu/Kubuntu/Xubuntu/Edubuntu 6.06 Dapper Drake has been released. As addressed in the change-log, Ubuntu 6.06.1 LTS brings several fixes and updates in this latest release.
Ubuntu Edgy Eft Knot 1 has been released. Edgy Eft is the codename for Ubuntu v6.10, while Knot is their title for development milestones -- similar to the Flight series with Dapper Drake. Despite the two month delay in the Ubuntu v6.04/6.06 Dapper Drake development cycle, the next Ubuntu release is already targeted for this October. Continuing in the Ubuntu tradition, Edgy Eft Knot 1 images are available for Xubuntu, Edubuntu, Ubuntu, and Kubuntu. The development announcement is here.
Similar to Fedora Weekly News, the Ubuntu documentation team has begun producing a weekly newsletter in regards to the Ubuntu Linux distribution. Among the topics in this weekly newsletter are current events for Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Edubuntu, and Xubuntu, as well as other pertinent information. The first issue of the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter is already up on the Wiki.
FINALLY, the official replacement for Ubuntu Breezy Badger 5.10 has arrived! As was promised after the two month delay, Ubuntu Dapper Drake 6.06 has arrived on June 1st. This release is also ground-breaking as it is the first release from the Ubuntu team to offer long-term support. This LTS means three years of updates for the desktop side, and five years worth of updates for servers running Ubuntu 6.06. It is also the first time that Ubuntu has been targeted at the enterprise environment. Due to all of the massive improvements with Dapper Drake, we would recommend heading on over to Ubuntu, or to look at our screenshots, and other news posts.
Yesterday Mark Shuttleworth had announced that Ubuntu Dapper Drake v6.06 will include full support for SPARC and UltraSPARC T1 (Niagara). More information on Ubuntu SPARC support can be read in Mark Shuttleworth's blog. Ubuntu Dapper Drake 6.06 LTS is expected to ship on June 1st -- tomorrow.
Today the Ubuntu team has announced the release candidate for version 6.06 -- Dapper Drake. The long-term support will provide three years of desktop support for this 6.06 product, and five years when it comes to server-side operations. It is now recommended that *buntu 5.10 users make the upgrade. Release candidates today are available for Ubuntu, Kubuntu, and Edubuntu. The Xfce-designed Xubuntu is not yet available. The final version of Ubuntu 6.06 Dapper Drake is due out on June 1, 2006. More on this at Ubuntu Linux.
Ubuntu's Wiki has been updated with some information for Ubucon -- an Ubuntu Conference to be held after LinuxWorld this year. Ubucon is a free Ubuntu-oriented conference, similar to Fedora's FUDCon. The two-day conference begins on August 18 at Google's Mountain View Headquarters. Google is helping out Ubuntu with the conference in form of the venue, and even some food for the attendees. The schedule for this conference is still being worked out. More on this can be found on the Wiki.
While yesterday we were presented with word of Sun Microsystems announcing the move of Java going open-source, and recasting Java licensing for GNU/Linux and OpenSolaris distributions, today Sun is at JavaOne proclaiming its love for Ubuntu Linux. Both Ubuntu and Sun have said they really enjoy each-others products. Ubuntu Dapper Drake v6.06 LTS is expected to be available on Sun Servers starting June of 2006. More on this announcement is at ZDNet.
Ubuntu Dapper Drake Flight 7 Alpha has been released. The release is slated to be relatively free of bugs, however, it is still not recommended for use on production machines. Largely only bug fixes have been applied to this release. Some of the notable changes include fixing crashes in the LiveCD installer, file-systems are now mounted in the correct order, and leading and trailing spaces in passwords now work properly. This new release is available for Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu, and Edubuntu. More is at Ubuntu. The final release of Ubuntu Dapper Drake v6.06 is due on June 1.
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