Ubuntu 7.04 Beta released

Tollef Fog Heen tfheen at ubuntu.com
Fri Mar 23 15:51:15 GMT 2007

The Ubuntu team is proud to announce the beta release of Ubuntu 7.04.

Ubuntu 7.04 is the most user-friendly Ubuntu to date and includes a
ground-breaking Windows migration assistant, excellent wireless
networking support and improved multimedia support.

Ubuntu 7.04 server edition adds support for hardware facilities that
speed up the use of virtual machines as well as other improved
hardware support, making it an excellent choice as a web, database,
file and print server, the fastest growing area of Linux server use.

Desktop highlights

Windows migration tool: The new migration tool recognises Internet
Explorer bookmarks, Firefox favourites, desktop wallpaper, AOL IM
contacts, and Yahoo IM contacts, and imports them into Ubuntu during
installation. This offers easier and faster migration for new users of
Ubuntu and individuals wanting to run a dual-boot system.

Easy-to-install codec wizards: A new guided wizard for installing
codecs not shipped with Ubuntu gives users a safe way of installing
codecs they can legally use to view multimedia content.

Plug and play network sharing with Avahi: This new feature allows
users to automatically discover and join a wireless network and share
music, find printers and more.

Server highlights

Virtualisation support: On x86 systems with the Intel VT or AMD-V
extensions, Kernel-based Virtual Machine support (KVM) allows users to
run multiple virtual machines running unmodified Linux. Each virtual
machine has private virtualised hardware: a network card, disk,
graphics adapter, and so on. We have also added VMI support, which
provides optimised performance under VMWare.

Edubuntu highlights

Thin client: Edubuntu integrates the latest thin client technology out
of the box. Edubuntu Classroom Server consists of two CDs, a server
image and a server add-on image with additional education applications
and languages.

Improved documentation: The Edubuntu handbook with tips and best practices for educators and educational IT administrators is included.

Thin Client highlights
Print and sound support: Jetpipe, a new printing architecture for thin
clients, greatly improves on previous technologies.  Sound support in
applications is also dramatically improved with the PulseAudio sound

Thin client management: Administrators can now manage thin client
connections to a server more easily.


* On the Desktop: GNOME 2.18, OpenOffice.org 2.2.0rc3, X.org 7.2

* On the Server: Apache 2.2, PostgreSQL 8.2, PHP 5.2.1, LTSP 5.0

* "Under the hood": GCC 4.1.2, glibc 2.5, Linux 2.6.20, Python 2.5

The full release notes can be found at

About Ubuntu

Ubuntu is a Linux distribution for your desktop, laptop, thin client
and server, with a fast and easy install. The Ubuntu project makes no
separation between our free edition and our enterprise edition - this
is our best work and it is freely available.

Used by businesses, home users, schools and governments around the
world, Ubuntu offers regular releases, a tight selection of excellent
packages installed by default and professional commercial technical
support from Canonical Ltd and hundreds of other companies.

Ubuntu 7.04 will be supported for 18 months on both the desktop and on
the server.  Upgrades to new releases will always be free of charge.

To Get Ubuntu 7.04 Beta

Download Ubuntu 7.04 Beta here (choose the mirror closest to you):


    http://se.releases.ubuntu.com/7.04 (Sweden)
    http://es.releases.ubuntu.com/7.04 (Spain)
    http://nl.releases.ubuntu.com/7.04 (The Netherlands)
    http://ftp.snt.utwente.nl/pub/linux/ubuntu/7.04 (The Netherlands)
    http://ie.releases.ubuntu.com/7.04 (Ireland)
    http://it.releases.ubuntu.com/7.04 (Italy)
    http://pl.releases.ubuntu.com/7.04 (Poland)
    http://de.releases.ubuntu.com/7.04 (Germany)
    http://bg.releases.ubuntu.com/7.04 (Bulgaria)




    http://za.releases.ubuntu.com/7.04 (South Africa)

  Rest of the world:

    http://releases.ubuntu.com/7.04 (Great Britain)

Please download using Bittorrent if possible.

To upgrade from Ubuntu 6.10 to Ubuntu 7.04 Beta, follow these


The final version of Ubuntu 7.04 is expected to be released in
April 2007.

Known Bugs

  * Resizing ext2/ext3 file systems may fail unless a full file system
    check has just been run. To work around this, run 'e2fsck -f
    DEVICE' (where DEVICE is the name of the device in question, such
    as /dev/sda1) and retry the resize operation after that
    completes. When using the desktop CD, you can run this from a
    terminal window; when using the alternate install CD, you can
    press Alt-F2 to get to a terminal, and Alt-F1 to return to the
    installer.  https://launchpad.net/bugs/94647

  * Systems with JMicron IDE(PATA) chipsets may experience a crash on
    boot. This was not fixed in time for beta release, but a planned
    kernel upload just after release will rectify the problem. A work
    around has not been tested, but would involve blacklisting the
    `generic` kernel module.  https://launchpad.net/bugs/84964

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this Beta into the best release of Ubuntu ever.  Please report bugs
through the Launchpad bug tracker:


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on the Ubuntu Users mailing list, or on the Ubuntu forums:


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