The second Beta for Ubuntu 6.06 Dapper Drake LTS (Long Term Support) has been released. This release coming just days after the initial Beta release, corrects serious flaws with the installer present on the first desktop CD. At this time Beta 2 is available for Ubuntu, Kubuntu, and Edubuntu. Xubuntu 6.06 Dapper Drake Beta 2 is not yet available, but will arrive shortly. Xubuntu is of course the new Ubuntu derivative that is light-weight and ships with the Xfce 4 desktop environment rather than GNOME or KDE. The Ubuntu 6.06 LTS Beta 2 announcement is here.
Alacarte, the GNOME menu editor, has reached version 0.9. Changes in Alacarte v0.9 include using gmenu instead of pyxdg, copy menu items on drag-and-drop instead of moving them, new icon selection dialog, and more usable dialogs and text. Alacarte can be downloaded from here. Also, Beagle version 0.2.5 is also now out and it features a couple fixes beyond what was found in the previous v0.2.4. Beagle can be downloaded from here.
Ubuntu Linux has reached yet another release today. Rather than being one of the "Flight" development builds, today marks the first Beta release for Ubuntu v6.06 Dapper Drake. A great deal of Ubuntu Dapper Drake information is available from here. This Dapper Drake Beta release does bring a new Ubuntu term to the table: LTS. The LTS flag on Ubuntu 6.06 LTS means Long Term Support. Rather than the previous six month support and release cycles, Dapper Drake will be the first release to incorporate a sixteen month support period. The final Ubuntu v6.06 release should occur on June 1, 2006.
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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