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11 February 2011, 11:11

No release candidate for Ubuntu 11.04 Natty Narwhal

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The Ubuntu release team has announced that it is dropping plans to have a release candidate for Ubuntu 11.04, but will have a second beta. A release candidate is a development version which should be, unless flaws are found, ready for distribution as the final version. According to the announcement, the developers decided that the release candidate appearing on 21 April, just before the Easter holiday, "would be a bit late".

After consulting "with key stakeholders", they have decided to add a Beta 2 release on 14 April, immediately after freezing the kernel. The release date of 28 April for Natty Narwhal is unchanged. The day after the release is a bank holiday (public holiday) in the UK, not in celebration of the release of Ubuntu 11.04, but because there is a royal wedding taking place.

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