Canonical and the Ubuntu developers have released the first beta for version 11.10 of their Linux distribution, code-named “Oneiric Ocelot”. According to the Oneiric Release Schedule, Ubuntu 11.10 Beta 1 will be followed by a second beta on 22 September; the final version is to be released on 13 October.
it improves on the big changes made in 11.04, by cleaning up the Dash, overhauling the Ubuntu Software Center, and bringing in some new default software.
The first beta of Ubuntu 11.10 includes the 3.0.0-9.15 Ubuntu-customised Linux kernel, which is based on the stable Linux 3.0.3 release. An updated and improved Unity desktop interface is also included, with components from GNOME 3.1.5, an unstable pre-release build of GNOME 3.2, providing services beneath the desktop shell .
The developers note that the “Places” functionality has been renamed “Lenses” to reflect a wider scope of use. Lenses can now display information from multiple sources, such as files, music collections or social networks, as well as allowing them to be filtered on fields such as ratings, ranges and categories. For example, theBanshee music player (version 2.1.3) includes a new default music lens.
The beta of Firefox 7 is included and Thunderbird 7 beta is now the default email client with menu and launcher integration; stable versions arescheduled for release on 27 September.
As with all development releases, use in production environments and on mission critical systems is not advised. Users testing the release are encouraged to provide feedback and report any bugs that they find.
The latest stable release is Ubuntu 11.04 “Natty Narwhal“, while the current Long Term Support (LTS) version is Ubuntu 10.04.3 LTS. Ubuntu is sponsored by UK-basedCanonical Ltd.
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