The Ubuntu team is proud to announce Ubuntu 5.10. This is the
official Ubuntu 5.10 release, and includes installation
CDs, live CDs, and combination DVDs for three architectures.

Ubuntu is a Linux distribution for your desktop or server, with a
fast and easy install, regular releases, a tight selection of
excellent packages installed by default, every other package you can
imagine available from the network, a commitment to security updates
for 18 months after each release and professional technical support
from many companies around the world.

To Get Ubuntu 5.10
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Download Ubuntu 5.10 here (choose the mirror closest to you):

United States:
http://us.releases.ubuntu.com/releases/5.10/

Europe:
http://se.releases.ubuntu.com/5.10/

United Kingdom:
http://releases.ubuntu.com/5.10/

Rest of the World:
http://releases.ubuntu.com/5.10/

Please download using Bittorrent if possible.

To burn the Ubuntu 5.10 CD images to disk, you will need 700MB
media.

To receive a complimentary copy of the Official Breezy Badger CD --
or a handful of them to give to your friends, your school or LUG --
place your request at the URL below.

http://shipit.ubuntu.com/



About Ubuntu 5.10
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With this release, the Ubuntu family grows in several significant
directions:

* Edubuntu
A partner distribution based on Ubuntu that is specially
focused on the needs of schools. Developed in partnership
with the K12-LTSP community, this is a great base distro
for people working with FLOSS in schools. Watch for a
subsequent announcement with download information for
Edubuntu.

http://www.edubuntu.org/

* Ubuntu for Servers
This is a CD installer specifically optimised for server
installation. Watch for a subsequent announcement with
download information for the new Server CD.

Major new features in Ubuntu 5.10 include:

* 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.


To see it all, you'll need to try the CD, but the highlights
of Ubuntu itself include:

On the Desktop

* 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.

On the Server

* Kernel support for cluster filesystems (OCFS2 and GFS)
* Plone 2.1 & Zope 2.8.1
* PHP5
* Support for automatic storage allocation into LVM volumes
* Built-in thin client functionality produced in cooperation
with the LTSP project (http://wiki.ubuntu.com/ThinClientHowto)
* 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 2.6.12.6 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

Installation

* 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

"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

As always, Ubuntu includes the very best of the 100% free/libre
application software world, and each new release incorporates
countless new features and bugfixes from the global development
community.

Feedback and Helping
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If you would like to help shape Ubuntu, take a look at the list of
ways you can participate at

http://www.ubuntu.com/community/participate/

Your comments, bug reports, patches and suggestions will help ensure
that our next release is the best release of Ubuntu ever. Please
report bugs through Launchpad:

http://launchpad.net/distros/ubuntu/+bugs

If you have a question, or if you think you may have found a bug but
aren't sure, first try asking on the #ubuntu IRC channel on Freenode,
on the Ubuntu Users mailing list, or on the Ubuntu forums:

http://lists.ubuntu.com/mailman/listinfo/ubuntu-users
http://www.ubuntuforums.org/


More Information
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You can find out more about Ubuntu on our website, IRC channel and wiki.
If you're new to Ubuntu, please visit:

http://www.ubuntu.com/


To sign up for future Ubuntu announcements, please subscribe to Ubuntu's
very low volume announcement list at:

http://lists.ubuntu.com/mailman/list...buntu-announce

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