Ubuntu Dapper Drake Flight CD3
Posted on: 01/17/2006 01:14 PM

Ubuntu Dapper Drake Flight CD3 has been released:

Flight CD 3 is ready. This is the third 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:

Europe:
http://ftp.acc.umu.se/mirror/cdimage.ubuntu.com/releases/dapper/flight-3/ (Ubuntu)
http://ftp.acc.umu.se/mirror/cdimage.ubuntu.com/kubuntu/releases/dapper/flight-3/ (Kubuntu)

United Kingdom, and the rest of the world:
http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/releases/dapper/flight-3/ (Ubuntu)
http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/kubuntu/releases/dapper/flight-3/ (Kubuntu)

An Edubuntu release should follow soon. 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:

http://wiki.ubuntu.com/DapperFlight3

Significant changes affecting the installer and live CD include:

* Improved the x86 CD graphical bootloader screen by adding a normal/expert mode switch to reduce the number of menu items, offering more video modes, disabling the timeout on install CDs, removing the scary countdown-to-doomsday timeout clock, and making the "boot from first hard disk" option clear the screen properly.

* The installer now runs in a single stage. This has lots of advantages in terms of speed, comprehensibility, reducing code duplication, and bug fixes.

* The live CD now uses squashfs and unionfs, which makes it faster and smaller.

* Live CD keyboard setup has been improved.

* An integrity check boot option has been added to both install and live CDs.

* Users of powerpc CD images on 64-bit hardware no longer need to type 'install-powerpc64' or 'live-powerpc64' by hand; the bootloader will figure that out automatically.

* Configuration of network cards on first boot has mostly been fixed.

* Network cards that require firmware will once more work in the installer.

* Many hardware detection/activation fixes.

* Fixed path display errors in the automatic partitioner.

* Installs to USB sticks should now get correct GRUB bootloader configuration.

* The live CD will now look for a device labelled "casper-cow" (the label may change) and automatically save its state to that, so that you can carry around a USB stick with all your documents and settings saved from the live CD.

* The live CD boot process now uses usplash, making it much more aesthetically pleasing.

* The system now displays a better "restart required" notification when complex system upgrades require a reboot.

* Installation on non-networked machines now works properly again (broken in Flight CD 2).

* Kickstart support has been fixed to cope with some installer changes from earlier in the Dapper release cycle.


Known bugs:

* Restoration of sound card mixer settings is erratic.

* Bad shutdowns can result in network cards not getting activated on subsequent boots.

* The powerpc live CD is still pretty broken, due (I think) to unionfs bugs.

* OEM installation is broken, since it hasn't been fixed up to cope with the single-stage installer yet.

* Many of the CD images are oversized for 650MB media.


If you're interested in following changes as we further develop Dapper, have a look at the dapper-changes list:

http://lists.ubuntu.com/mailman/listinfo/dapper-changes

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 events.

http://lists.ubuntu.com/mailman/listinfo/ubuntu-devel-announce

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:

http://wiki.ubuntu.com/Testing

We have switched to Launchpad for bug tracking. All bug reports on Ubuntu, no matter which component is affected, should go here:

https://launchpad.net/distros/ubuntu/+bugs

Enjoy


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