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Ubuntu "Intrepid Ibex" available
Oct. 24, 2008

Canonical has finally freed the Ibex. The first release candidate for Ubuntu 8.10 ("Intrepid Ibex") is available for download or in-place upgrade by 8.04 ("Hardy Heron") users, according to a post to the Ubuntu Announce mailing list by Steve Langasek, release manager.

In addition to regular old Ubuntu, release-candidate versions of Kubuntu, Xubuntu, UbuntuStudio, and Mythbuntu are also available, according to Langasek's post.

Intrepid Ibex has been in alpha testing since June, and began beta testing earlier this month. Today's RC (release candidate) releases offer the community one final chance to test the installation and upgrade processes prior to the distribution's final release date, currently scheduled for Oct. 30.

"We consider this release candidate to be complete, stable, and suitable for testing by any user," Langasek wrote. Langasek also took the opportunity to highlight the following new features:
  • 3G wireless support
  • Guest sessions
  • Consolidated support for virtualization with an integrated Virtual Machine builder
  • A "fully-supported" Java stack
  • Support for per-user directory encryption
Langasek also noted that the current 8.04 version of Ubuntu will enjoy security patches through 2011 for the desktop, and through 2013 on the server.

Users interested in taking the Ibex for a spin are encouraged to read the full release notes, here. Then, Ubuntu 8.04 users can follow the procedure described here. Others can download an installable "live" CD image from one of the mirrors listed below.

Other links of interest:
  • ISO testing instructions and bug reporting procedure
  • Kubuntu release notes (includes KDE 4.0)
  • Mythubuntu release notes
  • New features tour
  • Professional support
  • Service opportunites within the Ubuntu community
  • Bug tracker
  • Mailing lists
  • User and developer forums
  • BitTorrent download howto (preferred method)
  • Download Mirrors:
    • Africa:
      • South Africa
    • Asia:
      • Republic of Korea
      • Taiwan
      • Taiwan 2
    • Europe:
      • France
      • Germany
      • Netherlands
      • Sweden
    • North America:
      • United States
      • United States 2
      • United States 2
    • Oceania/Australia:
      • Australia
      • Australia 2
      • New Zealand
    • South America:
      • Brazil
    • Rest of the world:
      • Great Britain

-- Henry Kingman

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