The 4th alpha release of Dapper Drake is released: Ubuntu, Kubuntu and Edubuntu images are released.
Read the announcement here
This week brings us Dapper Flight 4, the fourth alpha release of Ubuntu 6.04 – The Dapper Drake. Dapper Flight 4 is the product of over 3 months of tremendous effort to mold the latest and greatest software the Open Source community has to offer into a coherent easy to use whole. The most significant milestone for Dapper Flight 4 is the UVF (Upstream Version Freeze). Aside from a few exceptions such as GNOME 2.14 and Espresso, most of what is in Dapper now is what will be in the final release in April.
Some bits about the installer here
Flight CD 4 is ready. This is the fourth in a series of milestone CD
images that will be released throughout the Dapper development cycle, as
images that are known to be reasonably free of showstopper CD-build or
installer bugs, while representing very current snapshots of Dapper. You
can download it here:
United Kingdom, and the rest of the world:
Please download using BitTorrent if possible, and see
http://wiki.ubuntu.com/Archive for other mirrors.
A list of notable changes in this release across the whole distribution
is available here, thanks to Matt Galvin:
Significant changes affecting the installer and live CD include:
* A preliminary version of the long-awaited live CD installer
(“Espresso”, formerly known as “Ubuntu Express”, based on though
substantially changed from work done by Guadalinex), is now
available: there's an “Install System Permanently” icon on the live
I should stress that this is an early release, and omissions or user
interface issues here don't necessarily reflect what you'll see in
the final product. However, we feel it's important to get this out
now in order to encourage as much testing as possible.
* The powerpc live CD is much more stable now.
* The network configurator no longer creates /etc/dhcp3/dhclient.conf
with syntax errors (#27141). If you're seeing errors from
ifup/ifdown, just delete the line containing “NetcfgDHClient” from
* Progress bars for DHCP and wireless access point search now have a
* Installation on systems with 32MB of memory should now be possible.
* The live CD now configures networking properly again, and sets up a
keymap based on that selected in the graphical boot loader.
* The installer's rescue mode now has a simple way to reinstall GRUB
without having to use the shell.
* Fixed time zone configuration crash for a number of language/country
* The installer no longer asks for a proxy or whether to download
language support if networking is disabled.
* Support for installing with / on a removable device has been
* The graphical boot loader now has help text, which is localisable.
* We no longer copy remaining packages from the CD to the hard disk,
since with the new single-stage installer its usefulness is
outweighed by the extra installation time and use of disk space.
* Custom install CDs made without the restricted component should now
work more smoothly.
* Monitor resolution is now detected automatically on amd64 systems.
* Fixed installations on machines with badly-skewed system clocks
Known bugs in the new live CD installer:
* It's available only for Ubuntu and Edubuntu at present. A Kubuntu
version is under development.
* It probably won't install a working system on powerpc, as the
appropriate boot loader magic isn't there yet.
* As yet, there is no language, location, or keymap configuration
support. Obviously these are high on the list of things to sort out.
* It doesn't deal with installing language packs.
* It wrongly installs the ubuntu-live metapackage, so the live CD
installer itself will end up installed on the target system
(although you probably won't notice it, since it's hidden from the
* The advanced partitioner is excessively painful to use at present,
particularly the mountpoint selector, and it can sometimes take a
few attempts to persuade it to accept a valid partition layout.
If you're interested in following changes as we further develop Dapper,
have a look at the dapper-changes list:
We also suggest that you subscribe to the ubuntu-devel-announce list if
you're interested in following Ubuntu development. This is a low-traffic
list (a few posts a week) carrying announcements of approved
specifications, policy changes, alpha releases, and other interesting
The Testing area of the wiki suggests various tests that can be
performed on Flight CD releases to try to catch bugs far enough before
the final release that they can be fixed:
Bug reports should go here:
– Colin Watson [email@example.com]
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