For those using Ubuntu or looking to use Ubuntu, the beta release for the forthcoming 8.04 "Hardy Heron" release is now available. This beta release battens down the hatches on this server and desktop Linux distribution and will be succeeded by the Ubuntu 8.04 release candidate one week prior to the final release in April. We've already talked extensively about the features that can be found in Hardy Heron, so for more details check out our Ubuntu 8.04 articles or search Phoronix. The main highlights are GNOME 2.22 integration, Linux 2.6.24 kernel, X.Org 7.3, virtualization enhancements, and default use of PulseAudio. Also reaching beta today is Edubuntu, Kubuntu (KDE 3), Kubuntu (KDE 4), Ubuntu JeOS, Xubuntu, Ubuntu Studio, and Mythbuntu. The Ubuntu 8.04 LTS Beta release announcement can be read on the mailing list and additional details on the Ubuntu Wiki.
If you were hoping to run Ubuntu 8.04 on your Sun UltraSPARC T2 "Niagara 2" processor, guess again. It was just two years ago that Mark Shuttleworth announced at JavaOne 2006 that Ubuntu would be supporting Sun's SPARC architecture starting with Ubuntu 6.06 LTS. Since then, SPARC versions of Ubuntu 7.04 and 7.10 have also been produced. However, Ubuntu's support of SPARC has now come to a close. The forthcoming LTS release of Ubuntu 8.04 "Hardy Heron" will arrive without any support for Sun's processors. The only officially released architectures will be for i386 and x86_64 due to a decision made by the Ubuntu Technical Board. The announcement was made on the ubuntu-devel-announce list.
We knew it was coming, but today Canonical has officially announced Ubuntu Mobile. Unlike some of the Ubuntu derivatives that are the same as Ubuntu but a swapped out desktop environment, Ubuntu Mobile is completely re-engineered for use on MIDs (Mobile Internet Devices) with plenty of features to distinguish it from the desktop Ubuntu distribution. Ubuntu Mobile continues to be fully open-source, but is capable of including licensed codecs, full Web 2.0/AJAX fidelity, enhanced media playback, a suite of mobile applications, and integration with popular Web 2.0 applications. Ubuntu Mobile is also touch-screen friendly, utilize various Internet connection technologies such as WiMax, and offer a highly-customizable user interface. More information is available from the Ubuntu Mobile webpage. From the screenshots and information provided thus far, Ubuntu Mobile is looking quite impressive for a Linux MID distribution.
Ubuntu 8.04 "Hardy Heron" Alpha 5 is now available for download. This is the first Ubuntu alpha release since the 8.04 feature freeze, and now planning is also underway for Ubuntu 8.10 Intrepid Ibex. The complete list of features (and download links) can be found on the Ubuntu Wiki. Likewise, the release announcement can be read on ubuntu-devel-announce. There is one more Ubuntu 8.04 LTS Alpha release planned before the beta/RC and then the final release in April.
Ubuntu 8.04 LTS "Hardy Heron" isn't due out until this April, but planning is already underway for the next Ubuntu release that will become known as Ubuntu 8.10. The codename for Ubuntu 8.10 has also been announced and this LTS+1 release will be known as the "Intrepid Ibex." With Ubuntu 8.10 "Intrepid Ibex" they will continue work on redefining the Linux desktop as well as improving the mobile performance and pervasive Internet access. The Ubuntu 8.10 "Intrepid Ibex" announcement written by Mark Shuttleworth can be read on the Ubuntu mailing list.
It's arriving a day late, but this evening Steve Langasek has announced the availability of Ubuntu 8.04 LTS Alpha 4. This is the fourth Hardy Heron alpha release and new in this release is the inclusion of the Transmission BitTorrent client, the Vinagre VNC client, Brasero CD/DVD burner, a world clock applet for GNOME, GVFS through GNOME 2.21/2.22, and a few virtualization improvements. We have already wrote about some of the GNOME 2.22 improvements and the inclusion of virt-manager in Ubuntu 8.04. More information on the Ubuntu 8.04 Alpha 4 release is available from the Ubuntu Wiki. New Hardy Alpha 4 releases are also out for Kubuntu, Edubuntu, Ubuntu JeOS, Gobuntu, and Ubuntu Studio. More information on Alpha 4 can be found in the release announcement.
While all of the excitement at the Ubuntu camp is brewing over the upcoming Hardy Heron (8.04) release, Dapper Drake (Ubuntu 6.06) has received a minor update. Ubuntu 6.06.2 is an LTS (Long Term Support) update for i386 and x86_64 architectures. This maintenance release has over 600 post-release updates and a number of bug fixes as well. Today's Ubuntu 6.06.2 announcement can be read here.
The third Alpha release in the road to Ubuntu 8.04 "Hardy Heron" is now available for download. Ubuntu 8.04 Alpha 3 has improved PolicyKit integration and Firefox 3 Beta 2. Download links and more information is available from the Ubuntu website.
Back in July, Mark Shuttleworth asked the community whether they wanted a high-end free software laptop. This theoretical laptop would "just work" with Linux through open-source drivers and everything down to the BIOS (and eventually, the firmware) would have a free software license. It's going on six months later and we haven't heard any update on the possibility for this high-end free software laptop. However, with yesterday's announcement of Dell adopting Ubuntu 7.10 with DVD support, we decided to follow up with Mark Shuttleworth regarding any free software laptop plans.
It's been just over a month since the release of Ubuntu 7.10 Gutsy Gibbon, but the first alpha release for the next major Ubuntu release, Ubuntu 8.04, is now less than a week away. We shared with you back during the Ubuntu Live conference that Ubuntu 8.04 will be a Long Term Support release, similar to Ubuntu 6.06 LTS. The codename for Ubuntu 8.04 LTS is Hardy Heron. Once Ubuntu 8.04 "Hardy Heron" Alpha 1 is released we will provide screenshots and additional coverage. There are six Ubuntu 8.04 Alpha and one Beta releases before its final release in April. The Hardy Heron release schedule is available from the Ubuntu Wiki.
Ubuntu 7.10 Gutsy Gibbon was released last month, but shipping today is Ubuntu JeOS. JeOS was announced earlier this year as an operating system designed for virtualized environments and one where ISVs can build virtual appliances. JeOS stands for Just Enough Operating System. The 7.10 edition of Ubuntu JeOS can be downloaded directly from Ubuntu with more information in the JeOS press release and mailing list announcement.
Right on time, Ubuntu 7.10 "Gutsy Gibbon" has been released. From the number of articles we've had on Ubuntu 7.10 during its development cycle, Gutsy Gibbon is certainly an interesting creation and is definitely worth checking out both on the desktop and server. Along with the Ubuntu 7.10 release is Kubuntu 7.10, Xubuntu 7.10, Edubuntu 7.10, and Gobuntu 7.10. Mythbuntu 7.10 and Ubuntu Studio 7.10 should be out anytime as well. The Ubuntu 7.10 press release can be read from Canonical.
Jono Bacon, the community manager for Ubuntu, has just announced that Ubuntu 8.04 will be called "Hardy Heron". This continues in the alphabetical naming scheme after Dapper Drake, Edgy Eft, Feisty Fawn, Gutsy Gibbon, and now Hardy Heron. As we have shared before, Ubuntu 8.04 will be a Long Term Support release. Ubuntu 8.04 Hardy Heron will arrive next April, while Gutsy Gibbon will ship this October. What do you think of the name Hardy Heron? Tell us in the Phoronix Forums. Jono's announcement can be read on his blog.
Following a developer meeting this week, the decision has been made to leave Xserver 1.4 out of 7.10 Gutsy Gibbon and then include it in Ubuntu 8.04, in what is currently another eight months away. The reason behind abandoning Xserver 1.4 is that it won't be released until after the Ubuntu Gutsy feature freeze, but at the same time the development version (Xserver 1.3.99) is already available. Xserver 1.4 is what X.Org 7.3 will use. Dependent upon X.Org 7.3 is also Ubuntu's displayconfig-gtk and their bullet-proof-x. Unless the Ubuntu developers decide to make an exception or extend their feature freeze, Xserver 1.4 is out of the question for Ubuntu users until next year. Mark Shuttleworth frequently talks about wanting the major open-source projects to coordinate and schedule their release cycles with one another, but it doesn't look like Mark wants to play ball on this one by adjusting the Ubuntu 7.10 "Gutsy Gibbon" release cycle so late in the game.
The Ubuntu Live 2007 conference earlier this week was a huge success. This was the first-ever Ubuntu Live conference, but O'Reilly and Canonical had done a remarkable job organizing this three-day Portland conference. You can view our coverage from Ubuntu Live 2007 here. Additional information is available from the Ubuntu Live website and there are additional photographs on Flickr. Phoronix was media partners for this Ubuntu event, and we are already looking forward to Ubuntu Live 2008!
Continuing on with announcements from Ubuntu Live 2007, Mark Shuttleworth has just announced that Bazaar, Ubuntu's revision control system, will reach version 1.0 this September. More information to come soon from Ubuntu Live 2007.
Mark Shuttleworth has just announced during his keynote at Ubuntu Live 2007 that the next Ubuntu LTS (Long Term Support) release will be Ubuntu 8.04. This will be the first LTS release since Ubuntu 6.06 Dapper Drake. Mark had went on to add that Canonical is committed to delivering a new LTS release every two years. Ubuntu 8.04 will be out in April of 2008.
Ubuntu Live 2007: In the next month Canonical will launch "Landscape", which is a web-based systems management and monitoring solution. Landscape is designed for small and medium sized businesses.
While Dell now ships Ubuntu-loaded desktops and notebooks, it's not good enough for Ubuntu-founder Mark Shuttleworth. Mark's latest challenge is to create a high-end laptop that will run free software perfectly. The Ubuntu specifications for a free software laptop include an Intel WiFi adapter using the open-source driver, Intel open-source graphics, ACPI with suspend and hibernate support that "just works" with Linux, the OpenBIOS / LinuxBIOS, at least five-hour battery life using the Linux tickless kernel, and a 1024 x 768 screen resolution or better. A long-term goal for this project is also completely free software firmware and hardware codec support with patent licenses included.
The Ubuntu Live 2007 discount code has been updated for Phoronix readers. To save 35%, use the discount code ubu07phrx when purchasing your conference pass. You also have a chance to win a free pass from Phoronix.
Yesterday we presented a preview of Ubuntu 7.10 Gutsy Gibbon Tribe 1, and today was the first alpha release. Some of the changes in Ubuntu 7.10 Tribe 1 compared to Ubuntu 7.04 Feisty Fawn include the use of GNOME 2.19.2, 2.6.22-rc3 based kernel, new device drivers, improved codec search, and many other improvements that we highlighted in our article. More information on Tribe 1 is in the Ubuntu Wiki.
We are pleased to announce that Phoronix is now media partners with O'Reilly for the upcoming Ubuntu Live conference. As we shared with you back in January, Ubuntu Live is taking place during this year's OSCON at the Oregon Convention Center and will run from July 22 to July 24. Mark Shuttleworth will be speaking there and there will also be a variety of technical and BoF sessions on various Linux and Ubuntu topics. O'Reilly has extended the early registration discount along with providing other discounts for academic instructors, students, and for non-profit organizations. More information on this Ubuntu conference presented by Canonical and O'Reilly is available at their official website.
Yet another accomplishment for the Canonical team is being awarded as one of the top 100 products of 2007 by PCWorld magazine for Ubuntu 7.04 Feisty Fawn. Out of the 100 best products (with Google Apps Premier Edition, Intel Core 2 Duo, and the Nintendo Wii taking the top three spots), Ubuntu 7.04 managed to take the 16th spot ahead of such products as the Microsoft Xbox 360 Elite, Nikon D40X, Mozilla Firefox 2, and the nVidia GeForce 8800 GTX. The Canonical press release for this achievement can be at Ubuntu's website.
While a month after the release of Ubuntu 7.04 Feisty Fawn, the first release of Ubuntu Studio is now available for downloading. This DVD-sized build contains a variety of audio, graphics, and video editing software for Linux and is yet another distribution in the growing Ubuntu family. At this time UbuntuStudio.org (the project's homepage) appears to be taking a beating from the traffic, but there are HTTP and Bit Torrent links available. For the Ubuntu 7.10 release, these Ubuntu Studio packages should be available from the main Ubuntu repositories.
With Intel recently introducing a low-power processor and Chipset architecture for mobile Internet devices, Canonical has announced they will begin working on an Ubuntu mobile and embedded project. This new Ubuntu embedded/mobile edition will not arrive until Ubuntu 7.10 this October. Matt Zimmerman's announcement also states Intel is working with Ubuntu on making this new project a reality.
It's just been three days days since the unveiling of Ubuntu 7.04 Feisty Fawn, but work is now underway in preparing for Ubuntu 7.10 Gutsy Gibbon. The gutsy-changes mailing list has opened up to begin going over the changes for this next Ubuntu installment. The first three changes on the list are for accepting the following packages: glibc 2.5-2ubuntu1, binutils 2.17.20070420cvs-0ubuntu1, and tzdata 2007e-3ubuntu1. You can check out the mailing list here. Continuing in Ubuntu's ritualistic six-month release cycle, Gutsy Gibbon will be available for download in October of this year.
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.
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