Announcing the Release Candidate for Ubuntu 7.10

Steve Langasek steve.langasek at
Thu Oct 11 22:21:05 BST 2007

The Ubuntu team is proud to announce the Release Candidate for version 7.10
of Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Edubuntu, Gobuntu, and Xubuntu codenamed "Gutsy Gibbon".
The Release Candidate includes installable live Desktop CDs, server images,
alternate text-mode installation CDs, and an upgrade wizard for users of the
current stable release.

We consider this release candidate to be complete, stable, and suitable for
testing by any user.

The final release of version 7.10 is scheduled for 18 October 2007 and will
be supported for 18 months on both desktops and servers.  Users requiring a
longer support lifetime on servers may choose to continue using Ubuntu 6.06
LTS, with security support until 2011, rather than upgrade to 7.10.

Before installing or upgrading to Ubuntu 7.10 please read

About The Release Candidate

The purpose of the Release Candidate is to solicit one last round of testing
before the final release.  Here are ways that you can help:

 * Upgrade from Ubuntu, Kubuntu, or Edubuntu 7.04 to the Release Candidate
   by following the instructions given above.

 * Participate in installation testing using the Release Candidate CD
   images, by following the testing and reporting instructions at

Desktop highlights

Compiz Fusion: This innovative compositing window manager enables 3-D
desktop effects that let users work with, and see, their desktops in
completely new ways.

Printer installation: In GNOME, printers are automatically configured for
use as soon as they are connected.

Free Flash support with Gnash: Ubuntu 7.10 leads the pack with a preview of
this Flash browser plugin.  Although still actively in development and not
yet fully supported by Ubuntu, Gnash gives a glimpse into the future of free
Flash, bringing partial Flash support to 64-bit desktop systems.

Automated Firefox plugin installation: Beyond the addition of Gnash, Firefox
in Ubuntu now supports automatic installation of popular plugins through the
standard Ubuntu package repositories, for a richer web-browsing experience
with the integrated security support of the rest of the Ubuntu system.

Server highlights

AppArmor: This easy-to-deploy kernel technology limits the resources an
application is allowed to access and can be used to provide an added layer
of protection against undiscovered security vulnerabilities in applications.

Pre-configured installation options: Mail Server, Print Server, Database
Server, and File Server options join existing LAMP and DNS options for
pre-configured installations, easing the deployment of common server

Edubuntu highlights

Faster thin clients: Thin clients have been sped up significantly through
the use of compressed images.

Updated login manager: The thin-client login manager has been completely
reworked, with themes for all Ubuntu flavors, support for autologin, and
optional unencrypted graphics transport for improved performance on slower

Kubuntu highlights

As well as the above desktop highlights, the following new features are
specific to KDE users:

Dolphin file manager: This updated file manager gives Ubuntu users a glimpse
of the upcoming KDE 4.

Strigi desktop search: Another pillar of KDE 4 available now in Kubuntu.

Restricted-manager: Kubuntu 7.10 includes a KDE front-end for easy
installation of proprietary drivers, complementing the existing GNOME

Please see for details.

Gobuntu highlights

Gobuntu 7.10 is the debut full release of the Ubuntu version that is
composed entirely of open source non-restricted software.  For experienced
Linux enthusiasts, Gobuntu will act as the test bed for developing a
user-friendly operating system with no compromise in terms of the open
source philosophy.

This initial release comes without any software from the restricted
component, and with artwork for usplash and the isolinux CD bootloader.

The full release notes can be found at

To Get the Ubuntu 7.10 Release Candidate CD

To perform a new installation or try out 7.10 "live" from CD, download
the Ubuntu 7.10 Release Candidate (choose the mirror closest to you):

  Europe: (Sweden) (The Netherlands) (The Netherlands) (Ireland) (Italy) (Great Britain) (Germany) (France)

  Asia/Pacific: (Taiwan) (Australia)

  Africa: (South Africa)

  North America: (Canada) (United States)

  South America: (Brazil)

  Rest of the world: (Great Britain)

Please download using Bittorrent if possible.  For more information about
using Bittorrent, see:

Upgrading from Ubuntu 7.04

To upgrade from Ubuntu 7.04 to Ubuntu 7.10 Release Candidate, follow these

Feedback and Helping

If you would like to help shape Ubuntu to better meet your future
needs, take a look at the list of ways you can participate at

Your comments, bug reports, patches, and suggestions will help turn
this release into the best release of Ubuntu ever.  Please report bugs
through the Launchpad bug tracker:

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

More Information

Ubuntu is a Linux distribution for your desktop, laptop, thin client, and
server, with a fast and easy install.  Ubuntu comes in several variants,
including Ubuntu Desktop, Server, Kubuntu, Edubuntu, and Xubuntu.  The
Ubuntu project makes no distinction between a free edition and an 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.

You can find out more about Ubuntu and about this preview release on our
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