The Dapper Drake continues to improve bringing us great new software and many very beneficial improvements. This week brings us Flight 3, the third alpha release of Ubuntu 6.04 - The Dapper Drake. Improvements in this release include an updated installer CD boot splash, X11R7, GNOME 2.13.4, improved and simplified menus, new default desktop panel configuration.
Flight CD 3 is ready. This is the third in a series of milestone CD
images that will be released throughout the Dapper development cycle, as images that are known to be reasonably free of showstopper CD-build or
installer bugs, while representing very current snapshots of Dapper. You can download it here:
United Kingdom, and the rest of the world:
An Edubuntu release should follow soon. Please download using BitTorrent
if possible, and see http://wiki.ubuntu.com/Archive for other mirrors.
A list of notable changes in this release across the whole distribution
is available here, thanks to Matt Galvin:
Significant changes affecting the installer and live CD include:
* Improved the x86 CD graphical bootloader screen by adding a
normal/expert mode switch to reduce the number of menu items,
offering more video modes, disabling the timeout on install CDs,
removing the scary countdown-to-doomsday timeout clock, and making
the "boot from first hard disk" option clear the screen properly.
* The installer now runs in a single stage. This has lots of
advantages in terms of speed, comprehensibility, reducing code
duplication, and bug fixes.
* The live CD now uses squashfs and unionfs, which makes it faster and
* Live CD keyboard setup has been improved.
* An integrity check boot option has been added to both install and
* Users of powerpc CD images on 64-bit hardware no longer need to type
'install-powerpc64' or 'live-powerpc64' by hand; the bootloader will
figure that out automatically.
* Configuration of network cards on first boot has mostly been fixed.
* Network cards that require firmware will once more work in the
* Many hardware detection/activation fixes.
* Fixed path display errors in the automatic partitioner.
* Installs to USB sticks should now get correct GRUB bootloader
* The live CD will now look for a device labelled "casper-cow" (the
label may change) and automatically save its state to that, so that
you can carry around a USB stick with all your documents and
settings saved from the live CD.
* The live CD boot process now uses usplash, making it much more
* The system now displays a better "restart required" notification
when complex system upgrades require a reboot.
* Installation on non-networked machines now works properly again
(broken in Flight CD 2).
* Kickstart support has been fixed to cope with some installer
changes from earlier in the Dapper release cycle.
* Restoration of sound card mixer settings is erratic.
* Bad shutdowns can result in network cards not getting activated on
* The powerpc live CD is still pretty broken, due (I think) to unionfs
* OEM installation is broken, since it hasn't been fixed up to cope
with the single-stage installer yet.
* Many of the CD images are oversized for 650MB media.
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