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Ubuntu Release 6.10 “Edgy Eft” is out! July 28, 2006

Posted by oktyabr in debian, distro reviews, linux, ubuntu.
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Released 7-20-06: Unlike previous versions of distrowatch.com’s “most popular distro” 6.10 Edgy Eft “Knot” (what will become Ubuntu 6.10) has had comparatively little press!

According to the official announcement:

Pre-releases of Edgy are *not* encouraged for anyone needing a stable system or who is not comfortable running into occasional, even frequent breakage. They are however recommended for Ubuntu developers and those who want to help in testing, reporting, and fixing bugs.

Knot-1 is the first in a series of milestone CD images that will be released throughout the Edgy development cycle, as images that are known to be reasonably free of showstopper CD-build or installer bugs, while representing very current snapshots of Edgy.

This experimenter has found it to be actually quite stable and fun to play with! I did run into a problem with the live CD, where none of the default Gnome GUI elements would react to my mouse clicks but the shortcut to the installer (visably unchanged since Dapper) proved to work just fine and the problem with the “live” desktop I had experienced was gone once it had been installed to my harddrive.

As mentioned previously in a recent digg.com article “Edgy” will have quite a bit more polish, graphically, and even this early pre-release shows great evidence of it. All the default GUI items have smoothly rounded corners with a light gloss over the actual graphic making it immediately noticable to even someone new to Dapper. Quite an improvement, in my opinion, especially in light of what is to come with Windows Vista and is already found in the default Mac desktop elements. Very pretty!

Loading up a modified sources.list (basically Dapper’s with multiverse and universe enabled and all the references to “dapper” replaced with “edgy”) revealed what seems to be a VERY active packaging community, even at this early date… Several packages showed up that I missed sorely with Dapper including a fairly recent build of the excellent slimserver audio streaming software as well as the light and yet attractive fvwm-crystal desktop enviroment (perfect for low latency audio work! 😉 ) In fact, synaptic revealed 19,000+ packages were available, remarkable considering how long Edgy has been in public development!

So, if you are like me and are willing to risk some stability for the latest-and-greatest, download Edgy “Knot” now and give it a whirl! And stay tuned to this blog for further Edgy news and articles!

The official Ubuntu “Edgy Eft” wiki

Download the edgy-desktop-i386.iso

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