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The Ubuntu team is pleased to announce the beta release of Ubuntu 8.10 on
desktop and server.  Codenamed "Intrepid Ibex", 8.10 continues Ubuntu's
proud tradition of integrating the latest and greatest open source
technologies into a high-quality, easy-to-use Linux distribution.

Ubuntu 8.10 Desktop Edition delivers the features you need for an
increasingly mobile digital life, including 3G wireless support and
guest sessions that lets users temporarily share computers without
compromising security.

Ubuntu 8.10 server consolidates its support for virtualization with an
integrated Virtual Machine builder, and brings with it a fully-supported
Java stack and support for per-user directory encryption.

The Ubuntu 8.10 family of variants, Kubuntu, Xubuntu, UbuntuStudio, and   
Mythbuntu, also reach beta status today.

Desktop features

Input hotplugging: Xorg 7.4 brings improved support for automatic
configuration of a wide range of input hardware, including keyboards, mice,
and tablets.

3G support: Network Manager 0.7 comes with a number of long-awaited
features, including management of 3G connections (GSM/CDMA) and PPP/PPPoE

Guest sessions: the User Switcher panel applet provides a new option for
starting a Guest session.  This creates a temporary, password-less user 
account with restricted privileges - perfect for lending out your laptop for
a quick email check, or configuring a surf station for guests at home.

Please see for details.

Server features

Encrypted private directories: the installer now offers the option to
configure a secret encrypted folder for each user, to be unlocked and
mounted at login time, using ecryptfs.

Virtualization: Ubuntu 8.10 ships with a Virtual Machine builder that allows 
complete Virtual Machines to be built from the command line in less than
five minutes, with support for scripting custom virtual images.

Java: a complete free Java™ stack is supported in Ubuntu 8.10, including
OpenJDK and Apache Tomcat 6.0, making Ubuntu a great choice for Java
development and deployment.

Kubuntu features

Kubuntu builds on the groundwork of the Kubuntu 8.04 KDE 4 Remix to provide 
a fully-supported KDE 4 desktop in Kubuntu 8.10.

Please see for details.

Xubuntu features

Xubuntu comes with the light-weight Xfce 4.4.2 desktop environment for those who want to a 
desktop that is easy to use, but places particular emphasis on conserving system resources.  

Please see for further details.

UbuntuStudio features


Mythbuntu features



* On the Desktop: KDE 4.1.2, GNOME 2.24, 2.4.1, 7.4

* On the Server: Apache 2.2, PostgreSQL 8.3, PHP 5.2.6, LTSP 5.1

* "Under the hood": GCC 4.3.2, glibc 2.8, Linux 2.6.27, Python 2.5

The full release notes can be found at

About Ubuntu

Ubuntu is a full-featured Linux distribution for desktops, laptops, and
servers, with a fast and easy installation and regular releases.  A
tightly-integrated selection of excellent applications is included, and
an incredible variety of add-on software is just a few clicks away.

Professional technical support is available from Canonical Limited and
hundreds of other companies around the world.  For more information about
support, visit

To Get Ubuntu 8.10 Beta

Download Ubuntu 8.10 Beta here (choose the mirror closest to you):

  Europe: (Great Britain) (Hungary) (Italy) (The Netherlands) (The Netherlands) (Norway) (Poland) (Sweden)

  Asia: (Taiwan)

  North America: (United States) (United States)

  Rest of the world: (Great Britain)

Please download using Bittorrent if possible.

To upgrade to Ubuntu 8.10 Beta from Ubuntu 8.04 LTS,
follow these instructions:

The final version of Ubuntu 8.10 is expected to be released in October 2008.

Feedback and Helping

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

Your comments, bug reports, patches and suggestions will help turn this Beta
into the best release of Ubuntu ever.  Please report bugs through the
Launchpad bug tracker:

If you have a question, or if you think you may have found a bug but are not
sure, first try asking on the #ubuntu IRC channel on FreeNode, 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 our
website, IRC channel and wiki. If you are new to Ubuntu, please visit:

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

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