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Kubuntu will release version 11.10, the Oneiric Ocelot, in October 2011. With this beta pre-release, we have been working on bug fixing and polishing things in in preparation for our next official version. Read below for some of the highlights. For more information of what is planned and being worked on, please read the To Do document.
NOTE: This is an beta pre-release. Pre-release versions of Kubuntu are NOT encouraged for anyone needing a stable system or for anyone who is not comfortable running into occasional, even frequent, breakage. Pre-release versions ARE recommended for Kubuntu developers and those who want to help in testing, reporting, and fixing bugs. Please do not use this in a production environment with data or workflows that you cannot do without.
Alpha releases can be downloaded from the following URL:
Beta 1 Highlights
Plasma and KDE Applications 4.7
The latest stable release of KDE's Plasma Workspaces and Applications brings new features and improvements all around. Highlights include:
- Visual updates include a new Oxygen icon theme
- A cleaner default look to Dolphin
- Gwenview's new ability to compare two or more images
- New breadcrumb feature in the Kickoff menu that simplifies navigating submenus
- More improvements in the Network Management widget
Along with KDE 4.7, 11.10 also introduces the new KDEPIM suite, which includes the new Kmail 2. The look and feel is familiar, but under the hood, most of the PIM suite is now fully migrated to the Akonadi storage service.
IMPORTANT: Do note that this is a major upgrade to the mail, calendar and addressbook systems, and as such still needs usage and migration testing. While loss of data should not be an issue, it is highly recommended to back up all important data, mail, contact information, and calendars if you plan to test upgrading to 11.10.
Muon Software Center
Kubuntu has switched to providing the Muon Software Center and Muon Package manager by default. The Muon package management suite is tightly integrated with the Debian package management system (all Ubuntu flavors use under the hood) for better performance and more reliable results.
837681 Automatic partitioning corrupts GUID Partition Table(GPT)
KDE Bug 275469 A window may retain a taskbar entry after closing the application.
We want to hear what you think about this beta release of Kubuntu 11.10. We want to know if it rocks, if it is just OK, or it is flat out wrong. No matter the feedback, as long as it is in line with the Ubuntu Code of Conduct we would like to hear it.
So what are you waiting for; head on over to the Feedback Page and let us know!
Please give our first Beta a try, and let us know what you think!