Announcing the Preview Release of Ubuntu 5.10 (Breezy Badger)

Posted by bstadil on Sep 8, 2005 6:32 PM EDT
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The Ubuntu team is proud to announce the Preview Release of Ubuntu 5.10 - codenamed "Breezy Badger". The Preview Release includes both Install CDs and bootable Live CDs for three architectures.

Ubuntu is a Linux distribution for your desktop or server, with a=20 fast and easy install, regular releases, a tight selection of=20 excellent packages installed by default, every other package you can imagine available from the network, a commitment to security updates=20 for 18 months after each release and professional technical support=20 =66rom many companies around the world.

To Get Ubuntu 5.10 Preview --------------------------

Download Ubuntu 5.10 Preview here (choose the mirror closest to you):

United States:


United Kingdom:

Rest of the World:

Please download using Bittorrent if possible.

The final version of Ubuntu 5.10 is expected to be released in=20 October. At that time, we will mail pressed CDs free of charge. To=20 receive a complimentary copy of the Official Breezy Badger CD -- or a handful of them to give to your friends, your school or LUG --=20 place your request at the URL below. Remember that these CDs won't=20 ship until after the final release in October.

About Ubuntu 5.10 Preview -------------------------

To see it all, you'll need to try the CD, but the highlights=20 include:

On the Desktop

* GNOME 2.12 -- Very fresh... Released yesterday!! * 2.0 beta 2 * 6.8.2 with wider hardware support * An enhanced tool for easily installing new applications=20 (see "Add/Remove Programs" in the System Administration menu) * A new tool which makes it easy to install support for=20 multiple languages (Language Selector) * Editable GNOME menus * Applications are now linked into the Launchpad infrastructure=20 (new entries on the Help menus for translation and support) * Support for writing audio CDs (Serpentine) * Graphical boot process with progress bar (USplash)

On the Server

* PHP5 * Support for installing directly onto LVM volumes * Built-in thin client functionality produced in cooperation with the LTSP project ( * Simple NFS root setup with automatic hardware detection=20 through initramfs-tools * Support for up to 4 gigabytes of RAM by default on 32-bit=20 architectures * Kernel support for cluster filesystems (OCFS2 and GFS)

Hardware Support Improvements

* Linux with many updated drivers from third parties * Further enhancements to laptop support (hot keys,=20 and working suspend/resume on more models) * HP all-in-one printer/scanner devices are supported out of=20 the box * Bluetooth input devices (such as keyboards and mice) are=20 supported out of the box * Multiple audio devices are handled more gracefully (and one=20 can easily select the default device) * 64-bit PowerPC kernel available


* A new OEM mode to simplify the process of preinstalling=20 Ubuntu on computers for resale or redistribution * Automatically makes existing hard drive partitions available=20 to the desktop * Simple "dual boot" configuration with automatic resizing of=20 an existing installed OS * The second stage of the installation now has a progress bar

"Under the hood"

* GCC 4.0.1 * glibc 2.3.5 * New early userspace infrastructure based on initramfs-tools * More modular packaging

As always, Ubuntu includes the very best of the 100% FREE / LIBRE=20 application software world, and each new release incorporates=20 countless new features and bugfixes from the global development=20 community.

Feedback and Helping --------------------

If you would like to help shape Ubuntu, take a look at the list of=20 ways you can participate at

Your comments, bug reports, patches and suggestions will help turn=20 this Preview into the best release of Ubuntu ever. Please report=20 bugs through Bugzilla:

If you have a question, or if you think you may have found a bug but=20 aren't sure, first try asking on the #ubuntu IRC channel on FreeNode,=20 on the Ubuntu Users mailing list, or on the Ubuntu forums:

More Information ----------------

You can find out more about Ubuntu and about this preview release on=20 our website, IRC channel and wiki. If you're new to Ubuntu, please visit:

To sign up for future Ubuntu announcements, please subscribe to Ubuntu's=20 very low volume announcement list at:

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