The Ubuntu team has been working very hard (I am sure of it) and they have released their 1st beta Ubuntu 10.04 code named Lucid Lynx. It is only one day late according to their plans but still it is here. I have not been playing around with the Alpha releases but I have decided that I would play with the Betas as they become available.
With that said here is a list of features I have come to find out that are changed on 10.04. I have not been able to play with it yet because as I am writing this, I am installing it on another computer. So here are the latest features/enhancements:
- Latest GNOME
- Default search engine for Firefox is Yahoo
- Ubuntu 10.04 Beta 1 includes the 2.6.32-16.25 kernel based on 126.96.36.199.
- This beta sports full removal of HAL from the boot process, making Ubuntu faster to boot and faster to resume from suspend.
- The likewise-open package, which provides Active Directory authentication and server support for Linux, has been updated to version 5.4.
- The Nouveau video driver is now the default for nVidia hardware. This driver provides kernel mode setting, which will give improved resolution detection.
- Built-in integration with Twitter, identi.ca, Facebook, and other social networks with the MeMenu in the panel.
- Multiple changes to the look, feel and speed of the boot experience have been included in the Ubuntu 10.04 LTS beta.
- The notification area now features more consistent user experience and design for communication, session management, and many other tasks.
- The desktop has been beautified with the addition of two brand new themes, Ambiance and Radiance. New wallpaper and icons are also included.
- Select any folder in your home directory for sync, pick from your existing contacts when sharing folders. An updated preferences application has been added, with more features.
- Ubuntu One music store – Millions of songs are available for purchase from your Ubuntu desktop, integrated with the Rhythmbox Music Player and using Ubuntu One cloud storage for backup and easy sync.
- The Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud installer has been vastly improved in order to support alternative installation topologies.
As with any beta products, here are some known issues:
- Because of the new alternatives system used for nvidia driver packages, the nvidia installer from NVIDIA’s website currently doesn’t work.
- The fglrx binary driver for ATI video chipsets does not yet support the X server in Lucid. As a workaround, users should use the open source -ati driver instead.
- A number of outstanding bugs prevent users of the OpenLDAP server (the slapd package) from upgrading successfully from Ubuntu 8.04 LTS to 10.04 LTS Beta 1. Users running OpenLDAP servers are advised to wait until Beta 2 before upgrading.
- Configuration of “LVM with encryption” in the Ubuntu Server installer and the alternate installer fails when setting up swap. Investigation of this issue is ongoing.
- Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud 9.10 upgrades to 10.04 do not yet work seamlessly, and UEC 9.10 administrators are advised not to upgrade to 10.04 Beta 1. This problem is a high priority (519513), and is expected to be resolved for 10.04 Beta 2.
- Installation with /boot on RAID1 fails due to a bug when installing the bootloader to disk. This bug will be addressed for 10.04 Beta 2.
- If the cryptsetup package is installed as part of an install from the alternate CD, the X server may crash after boot the first time you press <Enter>. To correct this problem, install version 0.8.0~-17 or later of the plymouth package from the Ubuntu archives after the initial installation.
- Wubi as included on the ISO images is unable to enter its second stage of installation, so you will not be able to install inside Windows using just an ISO image in this beta release.
As I mentioned above. I am installing this as I am reading others blogs, tweets and what ever else I can find. I have already noticed a HUGE speed increase with 10.04. Even booting from the CD it seems to be a bit faster.
I am really impressed with the installation process. It has a very nice wizard. At the moment nothing really new or eye popping but just feels good with the purple background. I never did dig the brown color.
I thought when I heard that they were going to purple that they were riding the coat tails of Mac a bit. I saw/heard speculations of the background they wanted to use. I was concerned that Ubuntu was kind of mimicking Mac. But I am happy to say that as I look at this purple now, it really isn’t the case. It looks good actually. Better then I had expected.
So now I can give you some other information now that it has finished installing. The only problem I came across at this time was that after install it ejected the disk (I expected that) but would not restart on its own. Just hung there. I eventually just held the power button for 5 seconds.
At that time I booted it back up and figured I would time it. It took 19 seconds to get to the sign in screen. Continuing on it took a total of 33 seconds to finish boot up to launch Firefox (I even mistyped my password, maybe minus 3 seconds for that).
Wireless has worked out of the box for me, but this worked out of the box for me on this machine for 9.10 too.
Gimp is gone. I heard rumors of that and it is confirmed now. That sucks. F-Spot will be removed and GIMP installed for me.
Sound works for me out of the box. That is great. This same machine when running 9.10 did not have sound working. I had to edit the alsa-base.conf file
One thing that is throwing me off at the moment is the window buttons are now in the same place as they are on Macs. That is buggy to me, always has been. I am right handed and think with my left side so of course I expect things to be on the right.
Well I am just playing now and rambling so I will end it here. I will update the site again after I have played with it more.
To download and test Ubuntu 10.04 beta 1, click here.