Jaunty Alpha 1 released
cjwatson at ubuntu.com
Sat Nov 22 11:31:48 GMT 2008
"On a western hillside, a pack of hungry coyotes flushed their prey
from a thicket of scrub mesquite. With gleeful yips, they began
pursuing what first appeared to be a large jack rabbit. But what was
this thing? In between its long ears, the animal was sporting a set of
small antlers similar to those of an antelope. Darting first to the
left, and then to the right, it reached the bottom of the hill where
it put on a burst of speed and quickly outran the trailing coyotes.
Once at a safe distance, the creature stopped, turned around and
emitted several coyote-like yips in a rude mockery of its hapless
pursuers. The sounds seemed to linger tauntingly upon the air as the
discouraged pack abandoned the chase. From this small episode, the
artful and elusive jackalope emerged from the shadows of an Old West
-- "Song of the Jackalope", Roy Campbell
"Fast as fast can be, you'll never catch me!"
-- Dave Coulier
Welcome to Jaunty Jackalope Alpha 1, which will in time become Ubuntu
Pre-releases of Jaunty are *not* encouraged for anyone needing a stable
system or anyone who is not comfortable running into occasional, even
frequent breakage. They are, however, recommended for Ubuntu developers
and those who want to help in testing, reporting, and fixing bugs.
Alpha 1 is the first in a series of milestone CD images that will be
released throughout the Jaunty development cycle. The Alpha images are
known to be reasonably free of showstopper CD build or installer bugs,
while representing a very recent snapshot of Jaunty. You can download it
See http://wiki.ubuntu.com/Mirrors for a list of mirrors.
The primary changes from Intrepid have been the re-merging of changes
from Debian. We've also been spending some time getting the new ARM port
up and running (http://www.ubuntu.com/news/arm-linux), although its
build daemons are still catching up so installable images will have to
wait for a future Alpha release.
This is the very first roughly working set of images off the production
line, and they haven't all been tested, so you should expect some bugs.
Prominent among these are that some of the images are oversized and can
only be tested using a DVD or a virtual machine, and that the desktop CD
isn't ready yet! This release consists only of the alternate and server
CDs; the desktop CD will follow in the next Alpha release.
If you're interested in following the changes as we further develop
Jaunty, have a look at the jaunty-changes mailing list:
We also suggest that you subscribe to the ubuntu-devel-announce list if
you're interested in following Ubuntu development. This is a low-traffic
list (a few posts a week) carrying announcements of approved
specifications, policy changes, alpha releases, and other interesting
Bug reports should go to the Ubuntu bug tracker:
Colin Watson [cjwatson at ubuntu.com]
On behalf of the Ubuntu release team
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