Breezy Badger milestone release "Colony 3" now available
Posted on: 08/18/2005 07:09 AM

The third milestone release of the Ubuntu Breezy Badger development branch, is now available

Colony CD 3, the third milestone release of the Breezy Badger development
branch, is now available. Our last milestone release was over a month ago,
and there has been a lot of interest in testing Breezy, so we are pleased to
provide this snapshot to the community for testing. It is available for
download here:

United Kingdom: http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/releases/breezy/colony-3/

In the near future, this snapshot should also be available from the US
mirror:

United States: http://us.cdimage.ubuntu.com/cdimage/releases/breezy/colony-3/

If you test it, be sure to send us a report to
ubuntu-devel at lists.ubuntu.com.

There have been many improvements and bugfixes since Colony 2, but here are
a few highlights:

- The second stage installer now has a progress bar, rather than massive
amounts of scrolling text

- The kernel uses initramfs rather than initrd, with a new hardware
detection infrastructure allowing for more flexible boot configurations
(such as for diskless workstations)

- The much-awaited USplash graphical boot feature is included; though its
full functionality is not yet enabled, it displays a graphical boot
screen and it is important for us to know that it works on a wide
variety of hardware before proceeding. To activate it, run the
following command in a terminal after installing or upgrading:

$ sudo dpkg-reconfigure linux-image-`uname -r`

- It is possible to install directly to LVM volumes from the installer

- Bluetooth input devices should work out of the box

- The "Add/Remove Programs" tool has been enhanced and beautified

- Several desktop programs have been extended to provide convenient access
to related resources in Launchpad (you'll see new items in the Help
menu). For example, Archive Manager, Text Editor and Evolution.

- Special keys on laptops should work out of the box in more cases

- A new tool has been added to make it easy to add and remove support for
multiple languages (System->Administration->Ubuntu Language Selector)

Known bugs and caveats:

- [Live CD] There is something strange happening with the virtual console
switching on the live CD, which means that some of the startup and
shutdown messages are obscured

- [Install CD] The language packs for GNOME are not included on the CD, so
they will be downloaded from the network. Non-networked installations
may need to install language-pack-<language>-gnome manually.

Enjoy!

--
- mdz



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