The first development build of Ubuntu 7.04 "Feisty Fawn", also known as "Herd CD", has been released for testing: "The Herd images are known to be reasonably free of showstopper CD build or installer bugs, while representing very current snapshots of Feisty. The primary changes include re-merging from Debian and the Linux kernel version 2.6.19."
Dell pre-installs two hidden partitions on the harddisk; the idea behind them is sound as it eliminates the need to remember your XP’s product code and automate the activation process and when something goes really wrong, the option to restore the computer to its original factory state is always there. Re-installation of the OS is done simply by expanding a backup image file. There is no need to look for any device drivers and all the pre-installed software are there the first time you boot back to Windows after re-installing it. But in order to automate the process and to allow the user to access the hidden utility partition, Dell uses its own partition structure which unfortunately is not what a typical normal OS will see. And it includes Windows XP – the OS Dell has pre-installed for you.
Ubuntu has been a phenomenon in the desktop Linux niche. But Canonical Chief Executive Mark Shuttleworth, who founded the project, has his eyes on the more lucrative server market.
Despite abundant rivals, Ubuntu has risen to prominence within the Linux niche, but that's just a means to an end. Canonical plans to become profitable by 2008 by extracting revenue from the same server market that Linux leaders Red Hat and Novell specialize in.
The Ubuntu team is proud to announce the release of Ubuntu 6.10, codenamed "Edgy Eft". This release includes both installable Desktop CDs and alternate text-mode installation CDs for several architectures.
If we want the world to embrace free software, we have to make it beautiful. I’m not talking about inner beauty, not elegance, not ideological purity… pure, unadulterated, raw, visceral, lustful, shallow, skin deep beauty.
We have to make it gorgeous. We have to make it easy on the eye. We have to make it take your friend’s breath away.
From the founder of Ubuntu project: Now we’re thinking of having a "user and business" conference, aimed at bringing together the people who deploy and manage Ubuntu in the real world (well, in the USA in particular, but let’s think globally) with those who help to produce it. The big question is - who would want to come?
The Ubuntu team is proud to announce the Release Candidate for version 6.10 of Ubuntu, Kubuntu and Edubuntu - codenamed "Edgy Eft". The Release Candidate includes installable live Desktop CDs, server images, alternate text-mode installation CDs and an upgrade wizard for users of the current stable release.
With the final release of Ubuntu 6.10 approaching, and apparently set to be spot on schedule October 26th, we're starting to look beyond it to Ubuntu 7.04, scheduled for release on 19 April 2007.