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18 October 2010, 12:15

Ubuntu 11.04 development begins

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Ubuntu Logo Less than one week after the arrival of Ubuntu 10.10, developer Matthias Klose has announced that version 11.04, code named "Natty Narwhal", is now officially open for development. Discussing the future Ubuntu 11.04 release, Ubuntu founder Mark Shuttleworth has said that it will be "sleeker and more stylish" and that there was a lot of work going on with ARM chips and Ubuntu to "help keep the planet cool".

With 11.04 development declared open, developers can begin to commit package changes for the next version of the Linux distribution. According to Klose, version 4.5 of the GNU Compiler Collection (GCC) will be used as the default compiler for Natty Narwhal and, as it's "more strict than earlier GCC Versions", may cause "build problems in packages". Ubuntu 10.10 and 10.04 used GCC 4.4.

The upcoming Ubuntu 11.04 Developer Summit (UDS), which is aimed at bringing together developers from all around the globe to define what the next version of the open source Debian-based operating system will look like, will take place from the 25th to the 29th of October, 2010 in Orlando, USA. The latest stable release of Ubuntu is version 10.10, while the current Long Term Support (LTS) version is 10.04.1. Ubuntu 11.04 is scheduled to arrive in April of 2011.

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