Ubuntu 11.10 Alpha 2 release slips
The release of the second alpha of Oneiric Ocelot, Ubuntu 11.10, was pushed back a week to this coming Thursday, 7 July. In May, the schedules were adjusted which also meant a maintenance update to 10.04 was delayed a week.
Alpha 1 arrived on schedule, but the Debian Import Freeze, which had been originally scheduled to occur on 16 June, was slipped to 30 June, when 11.10 Alpha 2 was due; Alpha 2 is now due on 7 July. In amongst the changes in the release schedule, 10.04.3, the maintenance update to 10.04 – the most recent Long Term Support version of Ubuntu – has been slipped by a week to 21 July.
No other dates on the schedule have been changed. Thursday's Alpha 2 will see the appearance of Mozilla Thunderbird 5.0 as the default mail client, though this is still a provisional feature. Alpha 3 is still pencilled in for 4 August, after which the feature set will be frozen on 11 August. The first beta will arrive on 1 September, a second on 22 September and the final release will then be on 13 October.
Correction: The scheduling changes here have apparently been planned since the end of May, but were not reported by The H at the time; the article has been revised to reflect this.