Announcing Ubuntu 6.06 LTS

Matt Zimmerman mdz at
Thu Jun 1 10:08:04 BST 2006

The Ubuntu team is proud to announce the release of Ubuntu 6.06 LTS, 
codenamed "Dapper Drake". This release includes both installable 
Desktop CDs and alternate text-mode installation CDs for several
architectures, for Ubuntu, Kubuntu and Edubuntu.

Ubuntu is a Linux distribution for your desktop or server, with a 
fast and easy install, regular releases, a tight selection of 
excellent packages installed by default, every other package you can
imagine available with a few clicks from a global network of mirrors,
and professional commercial technical support from Canonical Ltd and
hundreds of other companies around the world.

Ubuntu 6.06 LTS will be the first Ubuntu release with a long-term 
support cycle: free security updates and commercial technical support 
will be available for three years on the desktop, and five years on 
the server.

To Get Ubuntu 6.06 LTS

Download Ubuntu 6.06 LTS here:

  United States:

  Europe:   (Sweden)   (France)      (All)

  Rest of the World:

To burn these CD images, you will need 700MB media.

To receive a complimentary copy of the Official Ubuntu 6.06 LTS CD -- 
or a handful of them to give to your friends, your school or LUG -- 
place your request at the relevant URL below.

About Ubuntu 6.06 LTS

Highlights of this release include:

 On the Desktop CD

  * A new, very fast, graphical installer based on the Live CD

  * Faster system startup and login

  * Simplified menu organization

  * Graphical shutdown process

  * Easy access to power management settings with GNOME Power 
    Manager (Ubuntu)

  * Improved support for video playback

  * Optional NetworkManager for convenient roaming between different
    wireless and wired networks

  * 2.0.2, 7.0

  * Support for ongoing translation updates throughout the life of
    this release, for all supported desktop environments

 On the Server

  * New kernels targeted at server platforms. The server kernels are 
    tuned differently than the desktop kernels (providing better 
    performance for server applications).

  * Both low-end and "big iron" server kernels. The low-end 
    server kernel is generic, and should work on the same equipment 
    that the desktop kernel runs on. The high-end server kernel is 
    geared towards systems with greater than 8 CPUs (ES7000 / Summit
    / BIGSMP).

  * Turn-key LAMP installation for this common deployment scenario

  * Improved support for clusters and SANs

  * Thin client enhancements, including faster client startup,
    graphical boot process, reduced memory requirements, and sound
    device support


  * Automatic setup of non-Latin input methods

  * Menu item translations included in language packs, for faster 
    integration of new and updated translations provided through

  * Ongoing translation updates from the Rosetta web service:

 Installation and Upgrades

  * Ubuntu can now be installed to USB devices, such as removable
    hard drives and flash memory, using the text-mode installer

  * A new upgrade tool is available, for simple, clean and reliable
    upgrades from one Ubuntu release to the next, starting with 
    Ubuntu 5.10

  * The alternate installer now runs in a single stage, rebooting
    straight into the complete system. This makes it faster,
    simpler, and more reliable.

 "Under the hood"

  * GCC 4.0.3

  * glibc 2.3.6

  * Linux

  * New live CD infrastructure for improved performance, usability and 

  * Greatly improved infrastructure for automatic hardware detection and activation

  * The system PATH is now set in exactly one place, /etc/environment, for
    convenient administration

As always, Ubuntu includes the very best of the 100% Free / Libre 
application software world, and each new release incorporates 
countless new features and bugfixes from the global development 
community. More detailed release notes are at

Helping Shape Ubuntu

If you would like to help shape Ubuntu, take a look at the list of 
ways you can participate at

If you have a question, or if you think you may have found a bug but 
aren't sure, try asking on the #ubuntu channel on, 
on the Ubuntu Users mailing list, or on the Ubuntu forums:

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