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.
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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