According to the original release schedule, Ubuntu 11.10 Alpha 2 was supposed to be released on 30th June. The release date was missed and now, it has been revealed that the second alpha of Ubuntu 11.10 will be released on 7th July. The other release date remains unchanged.
Now, here is the updated release schedule of Ubuntu 11.10:
Ubuntu 11.10 Alpha 1 2nd June
Ubuntu 11.10 Alpha 2 7th July
Ubuntu 11.10 Alpha 3 4th August
Ubuntu 11.10 Beta 1 1st September
Ubuntu 11.10 Beta 2 23rd September
Ubuntu 11.10 Release Candidate 6th October
Ubuntu 11.10 Final Version 13th October
While the first Alpha was fairly mundane, the second Alpha will see many new features that will finally make it to the final release in October. Here is a list of the changes you will see in Ubuntu 11.10 Alpha 2:
- GNOME 3 Finally, Ubuntu has made the transition from GNOME 2.32 to GNOME 3. By now, most the theme problems has been fixed. The default Ubuntu themes Ambiance and Radiance have been ported to GTK3.
- Hybrid Image The ISO of Ubuntu 11.10 Alpha 2 will be a hybrid image. This means that users no longer need the USB Startup Application to create a bootable Ubuntu USB drive.
- No Synaptic Package Manager The Synaptic Package Manager will be no longer installed by default in Ubuntu 11.10 Alpha 2.
- Thunderbird as default email client Ubuntu 11.10 Alpha 2 will not have Evolution as the default email client. Thunderbird will be installed as the default email client instead.
- Linux 3.0 Ubuntu 11.10 will be based on the newly released Linux 3.0.
- Deja Dup The backup tool, Deja Dup, will be installed by default in Ubuntu 11.10 Alpha 2.
- Firefox 5 – Firefox – the default web browser in Ubuntu 11.10 – will be updated to the latest version.