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Intrepid Ibex beta-tests
Oct. 06, 2008

The slightly delayed 8.10 ("Intrepid Ibex") release of Ubuntu Linux has started beta-testing. New features include 3G wireless support, a virtual machine builder, supported Java stack, per-directory encryption, and a nifty guest session option for letting a friend check mail on your computer.

The 8.10 release has been alpha testing since Jun. 30. It is expected to ship in November of this year.

Today's beta release was announced by Steve Langasek, Ubuntu project release manager, in a post to the Ubuntu announce mailing list. Accompanying the release into beta status were Ubuntu variants Kubuntu, Xubuntu, UbuntuStudio, and
Mythbuntu, Langasek said.

Langasek touted new features that include:
  • Xorg 7.4, with better auto-configuration of input hardware such as mice and keyboards

  • Network Manager 0.7, which adds support for 3G data networking using GPRS or CDMA, as well as support for PPP/PPPoE

  • Guest sessions -- an option in the User Switcher panel that creates a "temporary, password-less user account with restricted privileges - perfect for lending out your laptop for a quick email check."
For the server version of Ubuntu, new features also include:
  • Encrypted private directories for each user, "to be unlocked and mounted at login time, using ecryptfs," Langasek wrote

  • Virtual Machine builder allows VMs "to be built from the command line in less than five minutes, with support for scripting custom virtual images."

  • For Java developers and deployments, a "complete, free" Java stack is available, including OpenJDK and Apache Tomcat 6.0
Additional noteworthy software upgrades include: KDE 4.1.2, GNOME 2.24, 2.4.1, 7.4, Apache 2.2, PostgreSQL 8.3, PHP 5.2.6, LTSP 5.1, GCC 4.3.2, glibc 2.8, Linux 2.6.27, Python 2.5. The full release notes are here.


Intrepid Ibex is reportedly available at the following 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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