Natty Alpha-2 Released

Kate Stewart kate.stewart at
Thu Feb 3 22:13:33 UTC 2011

Welcome to Natty Narwhal Alpha 2, which will in time become Ubuntu

Pre-releases of Natty 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 2 is the second in a series of milestone CD images that 
will be released throughout the Natty development cycle.  
New packages showing up for the first time include:
 * LibreOffice 3.3 (has replaced 3.2)
 * Server 1.10 and Mesa 7.10
 * Linux Kernel 2.6.38-rc2. 
Unity is now the default in the Ubuntu Desktop session.  It
is only partially implemented at this stage, so keep an eye on
the daily builds, new features and bug fixes are emerging daily!

Alpha 2 includes a number of software updates that are ready for 
wider testing.  Please refer to 
for more detailed information on the new features and known issues 
with this development release of Natty.  
You can download Alpha 2 ISOs here: (Ubuntu Desktop and Server) (Ubuntu Server for UEC and EC2) (Ubuntu Netbook ARM) (Kubuntu) (Xubuntu) (Ubuntu Studio) (Edubuntu DVD) (Mythbuntu)

This is quite an early set of images, so you should expect some bugs.  For a
list of known bugs (that you don't need to report if you encounter), please

If you're interested in following the changes as we further develop
Natty, have a look at the natty-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 events.

Bug reports should go to the Ubuntu bug tracker:


Kate Stewart
on behalf of the Ubuntu release team

More information about the ubuntu-devel-announce mailing list