Announcing Ubuntu 4.10 (Release Candidate)

Benj. Mako Hill mako at
Wed Oct 13 13:17:57 CDT 2004

The warm-hearted Warthogs of the Warty Warthog Team are proud to
present the very first release candidate of Ubuntu!

Ubuntu is a new Linux distribution that brings together the
extraordinary breadth of Debian with a fast and easy install, regular
releases (every six months), a tight selection of excellent packages
installed by default and a commitment to security updates with 18
months of security and technical support for every release.

Less than a month ago, Ubuntu entered the Linux world with a preview
release of its 4.10 distribution. The last month has seen extensive
work by the Ubuntu community of testers, translators, contributors and
coders. The result of this hard work can be seen in today's release:

  Ubuntu 4.10 RC -- Codenamed "The Warty Warthog Release" (warty) 

This release candidate contains a snapshot of Ubuntu that the Warty
team thinks is ready to release. We believe this release is
potentially the final Warty release, and are calling it a Release
Candidate to encourage very widespread testing.

If you've heard all about Ubuntu and just want to get the install CD
or test the Live CD, you can download it here: 

If you want a shrinkwrapped CD you can register to have the final
release sent to you at no cost when Warty Warthog is released. To
receive a complimentary copy of the Warty Warthog release on CD -- or
a handful to give to your friends, your school or LUG, register online

For more information, you can turn to any of the following resources:

Ubuntu Website:

  The website contains some basic background on Ubuntu, an overview of
  the project, information on how to get it, and some documentation
  for the software.

Ubuntu Wiki:

  The wiki is a shared web space used by the Ubuntu community to
  develop new ideas for Ubuntu. Anybody is welcome to edit and add to
  the wiki. You log in to start editing by clicking on UserPreferences
  in the top right hand corner of the page.

Ubuntu IRC Channel: #ubuntu and on

  The Ubuntu IRC channel is your best place to start for help and
  discussion about Ubuntu and the Warty Warthog release. We aim to
  keep the signal-to-noise ratio as high as possible on that channel,
  and on all community forums.

Ubuntu Mailing Lists:

  Ubuntu mailing lists are the heart of our community. In addition to
  the announcement list, and lists for users and developers of Ubuntu,
  there are now Ubuntu mailing lists in German, French, Spanish as
  well as lists devoted to Ubuntu security, news, translators, and the
  inevitable lighthearted chitchat list ("the Sounder"). To get more
  information or subscribe, visit:

Warty Warthog's features include:

* Simple and FAST Installation

  Ubuntu comes on one single CD, with thousands of extra packages
  available online. The install is optimised for speed and
  simplicity. Ubuntu has excellent support for laptops (both x86 based
  and Powerbook / iBook PPC based), and can also be setup in a
  minimalist server configuration.

* GNOME 2.8

  Ubuntu was the first distribution to ship Gnome 2.8, on the day of
  its release. Ubuntu is a great way to try out Gnome 2.8 if you have
  not already tasted it's speed and simplicity!

* Firefox 0.9 (with security patches)

* First class productivity software

  Evolution 2.0 and 1.1.2 

* XFree86 4.3 with improved hardware support

  We also worked hard to detect as much hardware as possible,
  simplifying the X install considerably.

Warty can be installed in a minimalist mode for servers, or in full
desktop mode. It works well on laptops and desktops. Warty is secure
by design - a key goal was to ensure that Warty was as safe from
attack over the Internet as possible after a default install. We hope
the Warty Warthog and future releases of Ubuntu will help secure the
doors and *cough* windows of your network infrastructure at home, and
in the office.

Benjamin Mako Hill and the Ubuntu Team

Benjamin Mako Hill
mako at

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