Ubuntu 10.04 Beta 2 Released

The second beta release of Ubuntu 10.04, code name “Lucid Lynx”, is out and ready for testing. The release announcement is almost an exact copy of the beta 1 announcement, while the release notes are also largely identical except for a few resolved known issues.

Download the live CD images from here (SHA256): ubuntu-10.04-beta2-desktop-i386.iso (696MB, torrent), ubuntu-10.04-beta2-desktop-amd64.iso (698MB, torrent). Also released today were 10.04 beta 2 CD/DVD images for Kubuntu (downloadrelease notes), Xubuntu(download), Edubuntu (download), Mythbuntu (downloadrelease announcement) and Ubuntu Studio (download)

Note: This is a beta release. Do not install it on production machines. The final stable version will be released on April 29, 2010.

Note: If you’re new into Lucid testing cycle make sure you read through the following…

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Ubuntu 10.04 countdown banners available

Official ubuntu 10.04 countdown banners are available.

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Thanks to the Ubuntu Web Presence Team for contributing these graphics and animations. If you’re interested in helping to spread Ubuntu the team is open to everyone. A special thanks goes to the community members who created the graphics, concept and animation:

For best results: use the exact code listed above. It will change as release day approaches so if you copy the file to a different location you won’t get the full benefit.

Ubuntu 10.04 will use Google as the default provider

Ubuntu 10.04 will still use Google as the default search engine, despite a deal having previously announced a switch to Yahoo! search.

Reasons for the switch, you can read in the mailing list by Rick Spencer:

“Ubuntu Desktop team, were based on “user experience, user preferences, and costs and benefits for Ubuntu and the browsers and other projects that make up Ubuntu.”

Upgrading from 8.04 LTS or 9.10 to 10.04 LTS Beta

You can directly upgrade to Ubuntu 10.04 LTS Beta 1 (“Lucid Lynx”) from Ubuntu 9.10 (“Karmic Koala”) or from Ubuntu 8.04 LTS (“Hardy Heron”). This page contains instructions for both.

Upgrade from 9.10 to 10.04 LTS Beta:

You can easily upgrade over the network with the following procedure.

  1. Open teminal or press Alt-F2 and type update-manager --devel-release
  2. Click the Check button to check for new updates.
  3. If there are any updates to install, use the Install Updates button to install them, and press Check again after that is complete.
  4. A message will appear informing you of the availability of the new release.
  5. Click Upgrade.
  6. Follow the on-screen instructions.

Upgrade from 8.04 LTS to 10.04 LTS Beta

You can easily upgrade over the network with the following procedure.

  1. Press Alt-F2 and type update-manager --devel-release
  2. Click the Check button to check for new updates.
  3. If there are any updates to install, use the Install Updates button to install them, and press Check again after that is complete.
  4. A message will appear informing you of the availability of the new release.
  5. Click Upgrade.
  6. Follow the on-screen instructions

Or if you don’t have super speed internet connection, you may prefer upgrading from the Alternate CD :

Upgrading Using the Alternate CD/DVD

Use this method if the system being upgraded is not connected to the Internet.

  1. Download the alternate installation CD (PC (Intel x86) alternate install CD or 64-bit PC (AMD64) alternate install CD)
  2. Burn the ISO to a CD and insert it into the CD-ROM drive of the computer to be upgraded.
    • If the ISO file is on the computer to be upgraded, you could avoid wasting a CD by mounting the ISO as a drive with a command like:
      sudo mount -o loop ~/Desktop/ubuntu-10.04-beta1-alternate-i386.iso /media/cdrom0
  3. A dialog will be displayed offering you the opportunity to upgrade using that CD.
  4. Follow the on-screen instructions.

If the upgrade dialog is not displayed for any reason, you may also run the following command using Alt+F2:

gksu "sh /cdrom/cdromupgrade"

Happy Beta Testing!

Ubuntu 10.04 Beta 1 Released

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