Xubuntu 14.10 Beta 2

The Xubuntu team is pleased to announce the immediate release of Xubuntu 14.10 Beta 2. This is the final beta towards the release in October. Before this beta we have landed various of enhancements and some new features. Now it's time to start polishing the last edges and improve the stability. The Beta 2 release is available for download by torrents and direct downloads from http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/xubuntu/releases/utopic/beta-2/

Known Issues

  • com32r error on boot with usb (1325801)

  • Installation into some virtual machines fails to boot (1371651)

  • Failure to configure wifi in live-session (1351590)

  • Black background to Try/Install dialogue (1365815)

To celebrate the 14.10 codename "Utopic Unicorn" and to demonstrate the easy customisability of Xubuntu, highlight colors have been turned pink for this release. You can easily revert this change by using the theme configuration application (gtk-theme-config) under the Settings Manager; simply turn Custom Highlight Colors "Off" and click "Apply". Of course, if you wish, you can change the highlight color to something you like better than the default blue!

Workarounds for issues in virtual machines

  • Move to TTY1 (with VirtualBox, Right-Ctrl+F1), login and then start lightdm with "sudo service lightdm start"

  • Some people have been able to boot successfully after editing grub and removing the "quiet" and "splash" options
  • Install appears to start OK when systemd is enabled; append "init=/lib/systemd/systemd" to the "linux" line in grub

Common infrastructure

Boot, installation and post-install

  • The amd64 (Intel x86 64bit) images specifically targeted at Apple hardware (amd64+mac) are no longer produced. Most Apple computers are now capable of booting the amd64 image directly using the EFI (not legacy) boot method so long as their firmware is up to date. If for some reason your hardware doesn't boot properly using the amd64 image, make sure you don't have a pending EFI update and if that still doesn't work, then patch the 64-bit ISO using the software in bug #1298894 (tested working on Macbook 2,1). Alternatively, simply use the i386 (32bit) image instead.

  • Due to changes in syslinux, it is not currently possible to use usb-creator from 14.04 and earlier releases to write USB images for 14.10; we believe that it is also not possible to use usb-creator from a 14.10 system to write USB images for earlier releases. For now the workaround is to use a matching release of Ubuntu to write the images, but we intend to issue updates soon to work around this incompatibility. 1325801

  • Machines with ATI/AMD video cards may be getting blank or entirely turned off screen at boot. The screen will switch on when the X server starts. If you need it to turn on prior to that, for example to unlock an encrypted harddisk hitting ESC twice should reset the video card to a working state.
  • An update to shim in 14.10 introduces a bug where, when booting on a UEFI system with SecureBoot disabled, the boot is delayed for two seconds and a message "Booting in insecure mode" is displayed on the screen. This message does not indicate a security problem with Ubuntu and does not interfere with the operation of the system except for introducing this boot delay. As a workaround to avoid this boot delay, users can enable SecureBoot if enabled on their hardware, or if they do not intend to use SecureBoot at all they can uninstall the shim-signed package and then rerun the grub-install command. 1384973


Power Management



Graphics and Display



  • When booting virtual machines installed with encrypted root and using "VGA" as the video adapter it may not be possible to enter the unlock password. Switching Video to QXL will allow booting of these instance. (See 1383851 for details.)

UtopicUnicorn/Beta2/Xubuntu (last edited 2014-09-26 02:22:01 by skellat)