Ubuntu 11.10 alpha 3 released with Linux Kernel 3.0
For Linux lovers it’s good news that Canonical has released the third alpha version of Ubuntu 11.10 alpha 3.The distribution includes the Linux Kernel 3.0 for the first time.Ubuntu 11.10 alpha 3 includes Wi-Fi driver support for Realtek’s RTL8192CU, RTL8188CU as well as RT53xx chipsets. The current alpha still integrates Gnome 3.1.4 while the final version is likely to get Gnome 3.2. Other new features include a new task manager for Canonical’s Unity Shell, Thunderbird as new email client as well as a new version of the news client Gwibber.
Ubuntu 11.10 alpha 3 is available for download for 32-bit and 64-bit systems as well as OMAP4 environments. Canonical intends to release two more beta versions for September 1 and 22. The final version of the distribution is scheduled for a October 13 release.Launcher and panel performance has been improved, and the ALT+TAB switcher has been revamped: the new version is currently considered to be experimental and is bound to CTRL+TAB during testing.A new version of the Gwibber microblogging client offers an updated look and better performance, and the Thunderbird email client is now integrated with the launcher.
The Ubuntu Software Center includes a new “top rated” view for the main categories and subcategory pages, and users can edit or delete their own reviews. Users currently running Ubuntu 11.04 on a desktop system can install the alpha by pressing Alt+F2 and typing update-manager -d into the command box. Users testing the release are also encouraged to provide feedback and report any bugs that they find.To upgrade from Ubuntu 11.04 on a server system: install the update-manager-core package if it is not already installed; launch the upgrade tool with the command sudo do-release-upgrade -d; and follow the on-screen instructions. Note that the server upgrade is now more robust and will utilize GNU screen and automatically re-attach in case of e.g. dropped connection problems.
The latest stable release is “Ubuntu 11.04 “Natty Narwhal”, while the current Long Term Support (LTS) version is Ubuntu 10.04.3 LTS “Lucid Lynx”. Ubuntu is sponsored by UK-based Canonical Ltd.