I’m sorry this notice is a day late. I didn’t catch it in my Inbox when it first came through–somehow it got filed away without me catching it. In any case, the second Alpha release of the upcoming “Lucid Lynx” release is now available for download. This is a perfect opportunity to fire up Virtualbox on Ubuntu 9.10 and give it a spin–help shape what will become the next flagship LTS (Long Term Supported) release!
Welcome to Lucid Lynx Alpha 2, which will in time become Ubuntu 10.04 LTS.
Pre-releases of Lucid 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.
Alpha 2 is the second in a series of milestone CD images that will be released throughout the Lucid development cycle. The Alpha images are known to be reasonably free of showstopper CD build or installer bugs, while representing a very recent snapshot of Lucid. You can download it here:
http://uec-images.ubuntu.com/releases/lucid/alpha-2/ (Ubuntu Server for UEC and EC2)
http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/ports/releases/lucid/alpha-2/ (Ubuntu ARM)
See http://wiki.ubuntu.com/Mirrors for a list of mirrors.
Alpha 2 includes a number of software updates that are ready for wider testing. Please refer to http://www.ubuntu.com/testing/lucid/alpha2 for information on changes in Ubuntu.
This is quite an early set of images, so you should expect some bugs. For a list of known bugs (that you don’t need to report if you encounter), please see:
If you’re interested in following the changes as we further develop Lucid, have a look at the lucid-changes mailing list:
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 week) carrying announcements of approved specifications, policy changes, alpha releases, and other
Bug reports should go to the Ubuntu bug tracker:
Fire up VirtualBox? I have a bunch of partitions on my #1 drive that I use for different distros. Alpha 2 worked better than Alpha 1, no surprise there. It failed to write to the MBR, so I added its stanza to the existing grub.conf in another partition. The activation of the nVidia driver crashed in midstream, but I found I could copy over a good xorg.conf and be all set. The only problem keeping me from further use is the loss of the Karmic method of enabling root login, without which I find Linux intolerable. Fortunately, for years I’ve been able to log on as root and enjoy the OS.
You see that as a bad thing? I find that I hardly EVER have to log in as root (and I really shouldn’t) for anything. sudo works just fine. If root can’t log in, less chance of someone gaining root access. 🙂