Ubuntu 5.10 is finally out!
There are installation CDs, live CDs, and combination DVDs for three architectures.
The major new features are:
* Thin Client Integration: Ubuntu is the first distribution in the world to include deeply-integrated thin client technology. This allows you to deploy Ubuntu in large scale networked environments or, for example, in classrooms, with a lightweight Ubuntu image booting over the network. All Ubuntu management tools work for the thin client image as well as for the server.
* OEM Installer Support This release of Ubuntu has special support for OEM hardware vendors. Ubuntu can be pre-installed and tested without configuring end user information. The user will be asked to complete that configuration (name, timezone and password) upon first startup.
* Launchpad Integration Launchpad.net is the new infrastructure that Ubuntu and its derivatives use for translation, bug tracking, sharing code patches, fixes and technical support. Users of Ubuntu 5.10 can make technical support requests for any package in Ubuntu, and can help to translate their software, directly from the built-in Help menu in every desktop application.
On the Desktop you'll find:
* GNOME 2.12.1
* OpenOffice.org 2.0 beta 2
* X.org 6.8.2 with wider hardware support
* An enhanced tool for easily installing new applications (see "Add Applications" on the Applications menu)
* A new tool which makes it easy to install support for multiple languages (Language Selector)
* Editable GNOME menus
* Applications are now linked into the Launchpad infrastructure (new entries on the Help menus for translation and support)
* Support for writing audio CDs (Serpentine)
* Graphical startup process with progress bar (USplash)
* New documentation (Ubuntu 5.10 Quick Tour and Ubuntu 5.10 FAQ Guide)
* Language packs with updates from the Rosetta translation platform, part of Launchpad.net, which makes contributing translations easy for everybody in any language.
And when running Ubuntu as a server:
* Kernel support for cluster filesystems (OCFS2 and GFS)
* Plone 2.1 & Zope 2.8.1
* Support for automatic storage allocation into LVM volumes
* Built-in thin client functionality produced in cooperation with the LTSP project
* Simple NFS root setup with automatic hardware detection through initramfs-tools
* Support for up to 4 gigabytes of RAM by default on 32-bit architectures
Hardware Support Improvements:
* Linux 188.8.131.52 with many updated drivers from third parties
* Further enhancements to laptop support (hot keys, and working suspend/resume on more models)
* HP all-in-one printer/scanner devices are supported out of the box
* Bluetooth input devices (such as keyboards and mice) are supported out of the box
* Multiple audio devices are handled more gracefully (and one can easily select the default device)
* 64-bit PowerPC kernel available
* A new OEM mode to simplify the process of preinstalling Ubuntu on computers for resale or redistribution
* Automatically makes existing hard drive partitions available to the desktop
* Simple "dual boot" configuration with automatic resizing of an existing installed OS
* The second stage of the installation now has a progress bar
Changes "under the hood":
* GCC 4.0.1
* glibc 2.3.5
* New early userspace infrastructure based on initramfs-tools
* More modular X.org packaging
* Python 2.4.2
Sounds very, very good, if you ask me :)