Its official, the newest release of Ubuntu and all its flavors (Kubuntu, Xubuntu, Edubuntu) has reached beta status and is full of goodness and ready to be tested. Please go out and download and install it and kick the tires. Lots of juicy goodness.
The following is the release announcment
The Ubuntu team is proud to announce the beta release of Ubuntu 7.10 and its
variants, Kubuntu, Edubuntu and Xubuntu. Codenamed “Gutsy Gibbon”, 7.10
continues Ubuntu’s proud tradition of integrating the latest and greatest
open source technologies into a high-quality, easy-to-use Linux
Ubuntu 7.10 on the desktop features a cutting-edge graphical experience with
composited desktop effects, fully automated printer installation, and
superior support for Firefox browser plugins.
Ubuntu 7.10 server edition brings enhanced security-in-depth with AppArmor
and easy install-time options for multiple common server configurations.
Compiz Fusion: This innovative compositing window manager enables 3-D
desktop effects that let users work with, and see, their desktops in
completely new ways.
Printer installation: In GNOME, printers are automatically configured for
use as soon as they are connected.
Free Flash support with Gnash: Ubuntu 7.10 leads the pack with a preview of
this Flash browser plugin. Although still actively in development and not
yet fully supported by Ubuntu, Gnash gives a glimpse into the future of free
Flash, bringing partial Flash support to 64-bit desktop systems.
Automated Firefox plugin installation: Beyond the addition of Gnash, Firefox
in Ubuntu now supports automatic installation of popular plugins through the
standard Ubuntu package repositories, for a richer web-browsing experience
with the integrated security support of the rest of the Ubuntu system.
Please see http://www.ubuntu.com/testing/gutsybeta for details.
AppArmor: This easy-to-deploy kernel technology limits the resources an
application is allowed to access and can be used to provide an added layer
of protection against undiscovered security vulnerabilities in applications.
Pre-configured installation options: Mail Server, Print Server, Database
Server, and File Server options join existing LAMP and DNS options for
pre-configured installations, easing the deployment of common server
Faster thin clients: Thin clients have been sped up significantly through
the use of compressed images.
As well as the above desktop highlights, the following new features are
specific to KDE users:
Dolphin file manager: This updated file manager gives Ubuntu users a glimpse
of the upcoming KDE 4.
Strigi desktop search: Another pillar of KDE 4 available now in Kubuntu.
Restricted-manager: Kubuntu 7.10 includes a KDE front-end for easy
installation of proprietary drivers, complementing the existing GNOME
Please see https://wiki.kubuntu.org/GutsyGibbon/Beta/Kubuntu for details.
* On the Desktop: KDE 3.5.7, GNOME 2.20, OpenOffice.org 2.3.0rc1, X.org 7.2
* On the Server: Apache 2.2, PostgreSQL 8.2, PHP 5.2.3, LTSP 5.0
* “Under the hood”: GCC 4.1.2, glibc 2.6, Linux 2.6.22, Python 2.5
The full release notes can be found at
Ubuntu is a Linux distribution for your desktop, laptop, thin client and
server, with a fast and easy install. Ubuntu comes in several variants,
including Ubuntu Desktop, Server, Kubuntu, Edubuntu and Xubuntu. The Ubuntu
project makes no separation between our free edition and our enterprise
edition – this is our best work and it is freely available.
Used by businesses, home users, schools and governments around the world,
Ubuntu offers regular releases, a tight selection of excellent packages
installed by default and professional commercial technical support from
Canonical Ltd and hundreds of other companies.
To Get Ubuntu 7.10 Beta
Download Ubuntu 7.10 Beta here (choose the mirror closest to you):
http://nl.releases.ubuntu.com/7.10 (The Netherlands)
http://ftp.snt.utwente.nl/pub/linux/ubuntu-releases/7.10 (The Netherlands)
http://gb.releases.ubuntu.com/7.10 (Great Britain)
http://za.releases.ubuntu.com/7.10 (South Africa)
Rest of the world:
http://releases.ubuntu.com/7.10 (Great Britain)
Please download using Bittorrent if possible.
To upgrade from Ubuntu 7.04 to Ubuntu 7.10 Beta, follow these
The final version of Ubuntu 7.10 is expected to be released in October 2007.
Feedback and Helping
If you would like to help shape Ubuntu, take a look at the list of ways you
can participate at
Your comments, bug reports, patches and suggestions will help turn this Beta
into the best release of Ubuntu ever. Please report bugs through the
Launchpad bug tracker:
If you have a question, or if you think you may have found a bug but are not
sure, first try asking on the #ubuntu IRC channel on FreeNode, on the Ubuntu
Users mailing list, or on the Ubuntu forums: