The Ubuntu team is proud to announce the beta release of Ubuntu 7.04.
Ubuntu 7.04 is the most user-friendly Ubuntu to date and includes a ground-breaking Windows migration assistant, excellent wireless networking support and improved multimedia support.
Ubuntu 7.04 server edition adds support for hardware facilities that speed up the use of virtual machines as well as other improved hardware support, making it an excellent choice as a web, database, file and print server, the fastest growing area of Linux server use.
The new migration tool recognises Internet Explorer bookmarks, Firefox favourites, desktop wallpaper, AOL IM contacts, and Yahoo IM contacts, and imports them into Ubuntu during installation. This offers easier and faster migration for new users of Ubuntu and individuals wanting to run a dual-boot system.
A new guided wizard for installing codecs not shipped with Ubuntu gives users a safe way of installing codecs they can legally use to view multimedia content.
This new feature allows users to automatically discover and join a wireless network and share music, find printers and more.
On x86 systems with the Intel VT or AMD-V extensions, Kernel-based Virtual Machine support (KVM) allows users to run multiple virtual machines running unmodified Linux. Each virtual machine has private virtualised hardware: a network card, disk, graphics adapter, and so on. We have also added VMI support, which provides optimised performance under VMWare.
Edubuntu integrates the latest thin client technology out of the box. Edubuntu Classroom Server consists of two CDs, a server image and a server add-on image with additional education applications and languages.
The Edubuntu handbook with tips and best practices for educators and educational IT administrators is included.
Jetpipe, a new printing architecture for thin clients, greatly improves on previous technologies. Sound support in applications is also dramatically improved with the PulseAudio sound server.
Administrators can now manage thin client connections to a server more easily.
The full release notes can be found at https://wiki.ubuntu.com/FeistyFawn/Beta
Ubuntu is a Linux distribution for your desktop, laptop, thin client and server, with a fast and easy install. 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.
Ubuntu 7.04 will be supported for 18 months on both the desktop and on the server. Upgrades to new releases will always be free of charge.
Download Ubuntu 7.04 Beta here (choose the mirror closest to you):
http://za.releases.ubuntu.com/7.04 (South Africa)
http://releases.ubuntu.com/7.04 (Great Britain)
Please download using Bittorrent if possible.
To upgrade from Ubuntu 6.10 to Ubuntu 7.04 Beta, follow these instructions:
The final version of Ubuntu 7.04 is expected to be released in April 2007.
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