After entire the controversy thatcompiled the release of Ubuntu 11.04 “Natty Narwhal,” it's hardnot to expect with at least few anxiety the forthcoming debut ofeditions 11.10, also recognize as “Oneiric Ocelot.”
Planning on that latest edition startin earnest back in March, and a some months after on I outlined fewof the key characteristics that were then anticipated to beadded.Today, still, is the official characteristic freeze on therelease, meaning that by now--three alpha editions in we should becapable to get a decent sense of what Oneiric Ocelot will appear likewhen it's finally released on October 13.
Maybe most central to Oneiric Ocelot isits comprehension in Alpha 3 of the 3.0.0-7.9 Ubuntu kernel, which isestablished on edition 3.0 of the mainline Linux kernel. This is anupdate still just from the Alpha 2 release, which apply a editionestablished on the mainline v3.0-rc5 kernel.What will that mean?Enhanced wireless chipset and wifi wood affirms and numerous configupdates, to identity just a some improvements because the formeralpha edition.
Also notable about the third alphaedition of Ubuntu 11.10 is that a fresh and experimental release ofCompiz and Unity has been added, established on GTK3. Among the keycharacteristics linked with that alter are a fresh alt+tab switcherand good launcher and panel functioning.
Inducing expectant joy in many quartersof the Linux world is the conception that Mozilla's Thunderbird willbe shipped by default in Oneiric Ocelot rather of development, whichwas long the Ubuntu email measure. Thunderbird has been in there fora as for testing aims, but Canonical has now reportedly determined tomake it official. I'm a Thunderbird fan myself, so I agree that thisis better news.
One big advance to the Ubuntu SoftwareCenter in this fresh release is the extra of a “top rated” see ofboth the main class page and all subclass pages. This is becoming tomake it a lot simple to zero in on the better software.The SoftwareCenter will now also permit you to edit or erase your own reviews,and it's gotten importantly quicker for standalone “.deb” fileinstallations.
Along with a novel update Gwibbermicroblogging customer arrives improved execution and a fresh portappply the most new GNOME technologies, the Ubuntu formulatessay.Ubuntu 11.10 Alpha 3 is present for download on the project link,but it's not yet ready for production apply. More information aboutthe release are present on its Technical Overview page.The next bigmilestone will be the first beta edition, which is due on Sept. 1,followed by a second single on Sept. 22. Then, at last, will be theday we're all waiting for: Oct. 13.