Natty Alpha 3 Released!

Kate Stewart kate.stewart at
Thu Mar 3 18:05:31 UTC 2011

Welcome to Natty Narwhal Alpha 3, 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 3 is the third in a series of milestone CD images that will be
released throughout the Natty development cycle.  

New packages showing up in this release include:
 * LibreOffice 3.3.1
 * Unity 3.6.0
 * Linux Kernel 2.6.38-rc6. 
 * Upstart 0.9
 * Dpkg 1.16.0-pre + multi-arch snapshot

The Alpha images are known to be reasonably free of show stopper CD build 
or installer bugs, while representing a very recent snapshot of Natty. 
You can download it here: (Ubuntu Desktop and Server) (Ubuntu Server for UEC and EC2) (Ubuntu ARM) (Kubuntu) (Xubuntu) (Edubuntu) (Ubuntu Studio) (Mythbuntu)

Alpha 3 includes a number of software updates that are ready for wider
testing.  Please refer to for
information on changes in Ubuntu.

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

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