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05 August 2010, 17:23

Canonical releases Ubuntu 10.10 Alpha 3

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Ubuntu Logo Canonical and the Ubuntu developers have issued the third alpha of Ubuntu 10.10, code-named "Maverick Meerkat". This development milestone is the last of three planned alpha releases, which will later be followed by a beta and a release candidate.

Ubuntu 10.10 Alpha 3 is based on the latest 2.6.35 Linux kernel and features version 2.31 of the GNOME desktop environment – the most recent development snapshot that will eventually become GNOME 3.0. Other changes include the addition of "Featured" and "Whats New" choice icons to the front page of the Ubuntu Software Centre, the Qt 4.7 beta and a number of various package updates, including Firefox 3.6.8, the latest 2.03 of the Transmission BitTorrent client and OpenOffice 3.2.1. Support for installing to the Btrfs file system in Ubuntu's alternative and server CD installer is also included in Ubuntu 10.10.

The developers remind users that, as with all development releases, use in production environments and on mission critical systems is not advised. However, users testing the release are encouraged to provide feedback and report any bugs that they encounter.

More details about the development preview, including a list of known issues, can be found in the official release announcement and release notes. A list of planned features and changes for version 10.10 of Ubuntu is available on the Blueprints for Maverick page. Ubuntu 10.10 Alpha 3 is available to download from the project's web site. Users currently running Ubuntu 10.04 LTS on a desktop system can upgrade by pressing Alt+F2 and typing "update-manager -d" (without the quotes) into the command box.

The final version of Maverick Meerkat is scheduled to be released on October 10th, 2010 (10/10/10). The latest stable version of Ubuntu is version 10.04, a long term support (LTS) release, code-named "Lucid Lynx", from April of this year.

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