Right on schedule, Ubuntu 6.06, a distribution with long term support features, has been released: "Ubuntu, which has become one of the world's most popular Linux distributions in recent years, launched its latest version on June 1 following months of intense testing. The new release is titled Ubuntu 6.06 LTS (Long Term Support), and has a specific emphasis on the needs of large organisations with both desktop and server versions." For full details please read the formal press release and the more useful release notes, but don't miss the Do the Dapper Dance post on Mark Shuttleworth's web log either
What's new Ubuntu is released regularly and predictably. Since our October 2005 release (Ubuntu 5.10), we've made a lot of improvements to give you the best Linux experience possible. Here's what's new with Ubuntu 6.06 LTS: On the Desktop CD * A new, very fast, graphical installer based on the Live CD * Faster system startup and login * Simplified menu organization * Graphical shutdown process * Easy access to power management settings with GNOME Power Manager * Improved support for video playback * Optional NetworkManager for convenient roaming between different o wireless and wired networks * GNOME 2.14.1, OpenOffice.org 2.0.2, X.org 7.0 On the Server * New kernels targeted at server platforms. The server kernels are o tuned differently than the desktop kernels (providing better performance for server applications). * There are both low-end, and "big iron" server kernels. The low-end o server kernel is generic, and should work on the same equipment that the desktop kernel runs on. The highend server kernel is geared towards systems with greater than 8 CPUs (ES7000 / Summit / BIGSMP). * Turn-key LAMP installation for this common deployment scenario * Improved support for clusters and SANs * Numerous thin client enhancements, including faster client startup, o graphical boot process, reduced memory requirements, and sound device support Localization * Automatic setup of non-Latin input methods * Menu item translations included in language packs, for faster o integration of new and updated translations provided through Rosetta Installation and Upgrades * Ubuntu can now be installed to USB devices, such as removable o hard drives and flash memory, using the text-mode installer * A new upgrade tool is available, for simple, clean and reliable o upgrades from one Ubuntu release to the next, starting with Ubuntu 5.10 * The alternate installer now runs in a single stage, rebooting o straight into the complete system. This makes it faster, simpler, and more reliable. "Under the hood" * GCC 4.0.3 * glibc 2.3.6 * Linux 188.8.131.52 * New live CD infrastructure for improved performance, usability and o space-efficiency * Greatly improved infrastructure for automatic hardware detection and activation * The system PATH is now set in exactly one place, /etc/environment, for o convenient administration 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 community.