For those of you that enjoy the bleeding edge and want to help test the next release of Ubuntu, the second Alpha release of 9.10 is now available. You should be warned that this release is not meant for the faint of heart or production machines. It will very likely break before it is done, leaving you with all kinds of interesting problems. On the other hand though, a little bleeding edge never killed anyone (plus, you learn a lot when things break).
Some of the upcoming features in Ubuntu 9.10 are:
- GNOME 2.27.1
- Linux Kernel 2.6.30
- New Intel Video Architecture (testing)
- New default compiler (GCC-4.4 vs GCC-4.3)
- EXT4 filesystem by default (I’m excited about this one!)
- Grub2 by default
If you’d like to help test this release you can find more information regarding known issues, download locations and how to report bugs here. Let the testing begin!