Development Begins On Ubuntu 11.04
Written by Michael Larabel in Ubuntu on 15 October 2010 at 06:11 PM EDT. 8 Comments
Not even a week has passed since the release of Ubuntu 10.10, but developers are now free to start committing package changes for the next release, Ubuntu 11.04, which is codenamed Natty Narwhal. Matthias Klose has announced that the Ubuntu Natty repository is now open for business.

While there aren't many changes yet for Ubuntu 11.04, one of the first changes is that GCC 4.5 will be the default compiler version used by this next release, compared to GCC 4.4, which was used by Ubuntu 10.10 and 10.04 LTS. There's also two less maintained Ubuntu architectures this time around.

Next week there is the Ubuntu 11.04 Developer Summit to discuss some of the features and plans for this next release due out in April. Ubuntu 11.04 will have a greater focus on performance testing, an X.Org Server not running as root, GNOME 3.0 packages, Btrfs file-system improvements, and many other changes. Ubuntu 11.04 is likely to ship with the Linux 2.6.37 kernel.

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