Ubuntu 11.10 Oneiric Ocelot Beta1 Now Available For Download [Direct Link ]

Canonical just pushed out the first beta version of Ubuntu 11.10 Oneiric Ocelot, the next upcoming version of Ubuntu Linux. Canonical is all set to release the Ubuntu 11.10 Oneiric Ocelot stable release 13th of October 2011.


New improved features on Ubuntu 11.10 Oneiric Ocelot

  • Multiarch support: Multiarch support allows for installing 32-bit library and application packages on 64-bit systems. This is a big boon for users who still rely on certail 32-bit applications such as Skype, Adobe Flash Player since multiarch allows for installing the 32-bit packages that are present in the 32-bit editions of Ubuntu without the need for ia32-libs compatibility package.
  • Updated kernel: The kernel is now based on 3.0 branch of the Linux kernel. While the jump from 2.6.x series to 3.0 series is result of a change in the version naming convention rather than any major changes, the updated kernel has received numerous bug fixes and driver updates
  • Updated DVD contents: The DVD release now stands at 1.5GB, with the available packages  consisting of all the language packs, some useful applications such as Inkscape, GIMP, Pitivi, and a more complete LibreOffice suite.
  • New packages: Some of the new packages include Mozilla Thunderbird as the default email client and Déjà Dup as the default backup tool. Firefox 7.0 beta is included as the default web browser.
  • Updated packages: The updated packages  include Python 3.2, GCC 4.6.1, CUPS 1.5.0, Shotwell 0.11, and LibreOffice 3.4.2
  • UI Updates: The beta release features some UI tweaks – including a new Alt+Tab switcher, updated visual indicators and Lenses replacing erstwhile Places, with  support for multiple sources and filtering based on categories for instance.

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