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Ubuntu and Kubuntu 5.10 released

There's not much more to say – the latest version of Ubuntu, Kubuntu and Edubuntu have arrived.
You'll find the Ubuntu release note at the top, Kubuntu release note n the middle and Edubuntu at the bottom:


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

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

United States:


United Kingdom:

Rest of the World:

Please download using Bittorrent if possible.

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

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.

About Ubuntu 5.10

With this release, the Ubuntu family grows in several significant

* 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

* 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 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
* 2.0 beta 2
* 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, 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 (
* Simple NFS root setup with automatic hardware detection
through initramfs-tools
* Support for up to 4 gigabytes of RAM by default on 32-bit

Hardware Support Improvements

* Linux 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

“Under the hood”

* GCC 4.0.1
* glibc 2.3.5
* New early userspace infrastructure based on initramfs-tools
* More modular 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

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 ensure
that our next release is the best release of Ubuntu ever. Please
report bugs through Launchpad:

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:

More Information

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

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

— – mdz

— ubuntu-announce mailing list


Announcing Kubuntu 5.10

[13 October 2005]

The second release of Kubuntu, codenamed Breezy Badger, is now
available for download. This release comes with the very latest KDE
3.4.3 and includes the new Guidance configuration tools. If you missed
our testing releases for Breezy you will be pleased to see the other
new additions in Kubuntu Breezy including Adept package manager,
System Settings and KDE Bluetooth. To download Kubuntu 5.10 go to:

What's New

Here is what's new in Kubuntu 5.10

Adept and Adept-Updater

Adept is a new package manager for KDE. With advanced search
facilities using debtags, hunting for packages is now easier than

To help keep your system current, adept-updater checks to see which
packages have changed and makes it easy to download and install the
latest fixes.

KDE System Settings

Kawabunga! The traditional KDE Control Center has been replaced with
KDE System Settings. This change is not part of KDE, but is unique to
Kubuntu. The new interface is cleaner, faster, simpler and comes with
improved usability features such as quick search.

Guidance Configuration Tools

Guidance is a set of configuration tools new to Kubuntu. Currently
included are modules for user accounts, mount configuration and
system services selection. You can find the Guidance modules in
System Settings.

KDE Language Packs

Kubuntu now includes KDE translations on the CD for the most popular
over 50 languages are supported in total.

KDE Bluetooth Framework

The KDE Bluetooth tools aim to provide easy access to Bluetooth
profiles and facilitate the communication between Bluetooth enabled
devices such as cell phones and PDAs.


Katapult is used to start applications and bookmarks. Just press
Alt+Space then type the name of the program you are interested in, it
will quickly become the most useful tool on your desktop. 2 2 is installed by default and now comes with KDE

GStreamer for AmaroK and Kaffeine

Our Kaffeine video player and AmaroK music player now use the
GStreamer media framework, a large range of GStreamer plugins are
available to support a wide range of different media file formats.


A new advanced image editor program from KOffice.


To help out our laptop users, KLaptopDaemon now works for hibernation
and uses acpi.

Locate File Search

Having problems finding that file? In Konqueror just type locate:/
followed by what you are looking for. Konqueror will search for it.

Searching for something on the web? Use Konqueror's search bar and
Google suggest to help find exactly what you are looking for.

KOffice 1.4 and Kexi

KOffice 1.4 is now included in the main repository. This lightweight
but powerful office suite includes Kexi, a powerful database
frontend. 6.8.2

For better hardware support Kubuntu 5.10 has updated to version
6.8.2 and comes in new modular packages.


Free Software for Windows machines is on the Live CDs. This includes
some of the leading KDE applications: KOrganizer, KAddressbook and

Off the Desktop

. PHP5
. LVM Volumes
. Support for thin client devices
. Support for 4 GB of RAM
. Linux
. 64-bit PowerPC Linux build

Downloading and Installing

Kubuntu 5.10 can be downloaded from and then burned onto a
writable CD or DVD. It is available for PC (i386), 64-bit PC (AMD64)
and Mac (PowerPC) as install CD, live CD or combined live/install

Please download using Bittorrent if possible.

The PowerPC live CD is larger than 650MB so please ensure you have
appropriate media.

Users of Kubuntu 5.04 (Hoary) can upgrade to Breezy by editing
/etc/apt/sources.list and running sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get
dist-upgrade. Existing Ubuntu users can install Kubuntu with the
kubuntu-desktop package.

Feedback and Helping

We welcome feedback and help with making the next version of Kubuntu.

Comments can be left on this wiki page

Any known problems can be found at

Please report any problems through Bugzilla (main packages) or
(universe packages).

If you have a question try asking on the #kubuntu IRC channel on
freenode, the mailing list and the Kubuntu Forums. Community support
is also available in a increasing number of languages.

Finally if you want to help improve Kubuntu please come and join us.


For more information about Kubuntu visit our website:

Press contact:

Jonathan Riddell <> +44 (0)7941 938912 (Scotland)

— ubuntu-announce mailing list


Edubuntu 5.10 Released

13 October 2005

The Edubuntu team is proud to announce the first Edubuntu release
Edubuntu 5.10.

The Edubuntu 5.10 release consists of an Install CD for the PC (Intel
x86) ad 64-bit PC (AMD64) architectures.

Edubuntu is a flavour of the Ubuntu Linux operating system, which is
optimised for classroom use. It has been developed in collaboration with
teachers and technologists around the world. The aim of Edubuntu is that
an educator with limited technical knowledge and skill should be able to
set up a computer lab, or establish an on-line learning environment, in
an hour or less, and then administer that environment without having to
become a fully-fledged Linux geek. This is our first step towards that

Principal design goals of Edubuntu are centralized management of
configuration, users, and processes, together with facilities for
working collaboratively in a classroom setting. Equally important is the
gathering together of the best available free software and digital
materials for education.

Edubuntu is built on top of the solid and stable Ubuntu base, and
incorporates the LTSP thin client architecture, as well as
Education-specific applications, aimed at the 6-18 age group. It also
aims to allow resource poor environments to maximise their available
(older) equipment.

Based on Ubuntu, the new Edubuntu features a fast and easy install,
regular releases, a tight selection of excellent packages installed by
default, any other package you can imagine available from the network,
and a commitment to security updates for 18 months after each release.
We will also be pursuing establishing a network of professional
technical support from companies around the world as Edubuntu grows.

To get Edubuntu 5.10

Download Edubuntu 5.10 here (choose the mirror closest to you):

* United States

* Europe

* United Kingdom

* Rest of the World

Note: Please download using Bittorrent if possible.

Note that the CD images are larger than 650MB, so you will need to
ensure you have 700MB blank CDs and a burner capable of using them.

About Edubuntu 5.10

Highlights of Edubuntu include: (much of what Ubuntu now offers, with
some variations and additions)

* On the Desktop

* A set of selected educational apps including

a. most of the kdeedu suite

b. gcompris

c. scribus desktop publishing

d. blender 3D modelling

e. dia diagram editing

f. and lots more …

* Fresh, colourful artwork for the desktop

* Full ltsp client functionality by default

* On the Server

* Standalone Classroom server installed by default, based
on the brand-new Ubuntu thin client infrastructure
developed in cooperation with LTSP.

* 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

* Kernel support for cluster filesystems (OCFS2 and GFS)

* Installation

* Automated installation of the thin client environment by

* Easy installation of the ltsp server by default with as
few questions as possible

* Optional workstation install for standalone workstations
(just type “workstation” at the CD bootprompt)

As with Ubuntu, Edubuntu includes the very best of the 100% FREE / LIBRE
application software world, and each new release incorporates countless
new features and bug-fixes from the global development community.

Edubuntu 5.10 Installation Notes

The default Edubuntu install works a bit different from a default Ubuntu
install, please see for
known issues, hints for the installation and post installation

Community Feedback and Participation

If you would like to help build and shape Edubuntu, or just find out
some more about the project, take a look at our site:


Your comments, suggestions, bug reports, patches and artwork
contributions will help us to make Edubuntu the best educational distro

Please report any bugs you find through Bugzilla:


If you have a question, or if you think you may have found a bug but
aren't sure, first try asking on the #edubuntu IRC channel on FreeNode,
and/or on our Edubuntu-Devel mailing list:


We welcome feedback and help with making the next version of Edubuntu.

Comments can be left on this wiki page


You may also contact: Jane Weideman

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