New Ubuntu Alpha tips up

Canonical and its glorious Ubuntu development team have released the second alpha of Ubuntu 11.10.

In addition to one of the worst names ever, “Oneiric Ocelot” Ubuntu 11.10 is based on the upcoming version 3.0 Linux kernel.

Alas, it still has the controversial Unity desktop as its default, but at least it comes with Gnome 3 compatibility if you hate Unity as much as we do.

LightDM has now replaced the GNOME Display Manager (GDM) as the display and login manager, and Déjà Dup, the backup utility, is now included in the standard installation.

Another thing which has gone is the GNOME Evolution as the default mail client. Instead is Mozilla’s Thunderbird 5.0 which we think is a better choice anyway.

Aimed at developers and early adopters, this development milestone is the second of three planned alpha releases, which will be followed by two betas.

Ubuntu 11.10 will go final on October 13. Users currently running Ubuntu 11.04 on a desktop system can “upgrade” to the alpha by pressing Alt+F2 and typing update-manager -d into the command box. If you can find the command box on Unity.

Ubuntu is currently running 11.04 Natty Narwhal, while the current Long Term Support (LTS) version is Ubuntu 10.04.2 LTS “Lucid Lynx”.