Now that Ubuntu 11.04 “Natty Narhwal” had been released and the developers have decided on the course that the next release will take, the release schedule of Ubuntu 11.10, codenamed “Oneiric Ocelot”, has been released.
According to the release schedule, we will see the first alpha of Ubuntu 11.10 as early as 2nd June and the final release is scheduled on 13th October. Here are the important milestones for the Ubuntu 11.10 development cycle:
2nd June Alpha 1
30th June Alpha 2
4th August Alpha 3
1st September Beta 1
23rd September Beta 2
6th October Release Candidate
13th October Final Release
Ubuntu 11.10 will continue to use the Unity interface. The classic desktop option found in Ubuntu 11.04 will be replaced by Unity 2D. Although Ubuntu 11.10 will use Unity, the GNOME stack will be updated to GNOME 3. The GNOME Display manager is also expected to be dropped in favor the LightDM.
There are also a few new applications that are making their way into Ubuntu 11.10 such as the back up tool Deja Dup and email client Thunderbird. Technically, Thunderbird has not been confirmed for inclusion, but it is very likely that it will replace Evolution. A few applications such as the video editor PiTiVi and Computer Janitor have been dropped. You can read more about the changes expected in Ubuntu 11.10 from our coverage of the Ubuntu Developers Summit.
If you want the detailed release schedule, check it out here.