Ubuntu 7.10 “Tribe 4″ Released : Please Help Test

By | 2007/08/09

For those of you that want to help make Ubuntu the best it can be I would encourage you to help us test the latest alpha release, codename “Tribe 4”. I have been running since Tribe 2 on one of my machines and it has been surprisingly stable. There have been some bugs, as is to be expected, and they’re getting reported (from me anyway), but the more of us we can get testing the more bugs can get squashed before the final release.

One thing to think about is the longer you wait to help test the less time they have to fix bugs before the final release. Details below:

Welcome to Gutsy Gibbon Tribe 4, which will in time become Ubuntu 7.10.

Pre-releases of Gutsy are *not* encouraged for anyone needing a stable system or anyone 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.

Tribe 4 is the fourth in a series of milestone CD images that will be released throughout the Gutsy development cycle. The Tribe images are known to be reasonably free of show-stopper CD build or installer bugs, while representing a very recent snapshot of Gutsy. You can download it here:

http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/releases/gutsy/tribe-4/ (Ubuntu desktop and Server)
http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/kubuntu/releases/gutsy/tribe-4/ (Kubuntu)
http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/edubuntu/releases/gutsy/tribe-4/ (Edubuntu)
http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/xubuntu/releases/gutsy/tribe-4/ (Xubuntu)

See http://wiki.ubuntu.com/Mirrors for a list of mirrors.

Some new exciting features have landed which cannot wait to be tried and tested. Please refer to the following web pages for details:

http://www.ubuntu.com/testing/tribe4 (Ubuntu)
https://wiki.kubuntu.org/GutsyGibbon/Tribe4/Kubuntu (Kubuntu)

This is quite an early set of images, so you should expect some bugs. Among these are the following (so you don’t need to bother reporting these if you encounter them):

* When starting the Ubuntu live CD, or on a freshly installed Ubuntu system, you will sometimes get a crash report for the Deskbar applet. Please ignore this crash.

* The desktop CD does not install translation support from network repositories. Please use System -> Administration -> Language Support to add translations after the installation.

* On Kubuntu, OpenOffice.org does not start. Please install the package “openoffice.org-gnome” for now to make it work.

* The “Check CD” CD menu option does not work on the Kubuntu desktop CD. Unfortunately there is no workaround.

* On Edubuntu server installs, the “Building LTSP root” step takes a very long time (in the order of 15 minutes) without visible progress. It will eventually finish, though.

If you’re interested in following the changes as we further develop Gutsy, have a look at the gutsy-changes mailing list:


Please be aware that this list usually has several dozen mails every day.

We also suggest that you subscribe to the ubuntu-devel-announce list if you’re interested in following Ubuntu development. This is a low-traffic list (a few posts a month) carrying announcements of
approved specifications, policy changes, alpha releases, and other interesting events.


Bug reports should go to the Ubuntu bug tracker:



3 thoughts on “Ubuntu 7.10 “Tribe 4″ Released : Please Help Test

  1. bgrupe

    A really great alpha release, I didn’t expect it to be that polished yet. Though there are some quirks (ubiquity doesn’t auto-download language packs as before as you noted), it is functioning quite well, also with desktop effects enabled.

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  3. Andy

    Due to a few screwups on my part at work, I’m currently using a Gutsy release as my main development machine at work. It was supposed to be Feisty, but in the upgrade from Edgy, it froze up and was unbootable (sad) and the only CD I had with me was a Gutsy one.

    I’m enjoying living life on the edge 🙂

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