Ubuntu 6.10 Edgy Eft has been released on 26th October 2006 with many exciting new features. Canonical Ltd, the commercial sponsor of Ubuntu, the world?s fastest growing Linux distribution, announced its latest desktop and server version. Following months of development and user feedback, Ubuntu 6.10 offers a cleaner, sharper design, together with new and enhanced desktop applications and advances in security. Significantly faster boot up times and the best in leading edge free software technologies make the latest Ubuntu the first choice for many new and existing Linux users.
The desktop version introduces a host of new features, an improved interface and a wide variety of new applications and desktop tools making Ubuntu 6.10 flexible and user-friendly. Enhancements include:
- Tomboy, an easy-to-use and efficient note-taking tool
- F-Spot, a photo management tool that enables tagging, photo editing and automatic uploading to on-line web management sites such as Flickr
- GNOME 2.16, which in addition to new features such as enhanced power management, makes the GNOME desktop more secure, faster and more stable
- Upstart, a replacement start-up manager offering a cleaner design, eye-catching effects and a substantially faster boot time
- The latest Firefox web browser, which offers inline spell check support in web forms, easy recovery of crashed sessions, built-in phishing detectors, enhanced search engine management with built in OpenSearch support, and better support for previewing and subscribing to web feeds
- Proactive security features, preventing many common security vulnerabilities even before they are discovered
- Evolution 2.8.0, which brings new features such as vertical message panes
Get it while it’s hot. CD images for installation and live demonstration are available for direct download and via BitTorrent. A list of mirrors can be found on the official download page.
Upgrade from 6.06 LTS
If you want to upgrade from 6.06 LTS to 6.10, run the following command (either via ALT-F2 or a terminal):
gksu "update-manager -c"
The “-c” switch instructs Update Manager to look for upgrades. By default, the Ubuntu 6.06 LTS release will not offer that automatically because of its long support cycle and high stability.
If you have a working network connection, it should then inform you about a new release and offer to upgrade your system.
Upgrades with apt-get
If the upgrade is performed on a system without update-manager (e.g. on a server), the upgrade must be performed in two steps.
The first run of apt-get dist-upgrade will upgrade everything except for upstart.
After that, a second apt-get dist-upgrade will finish the upgrade.
Ubuntu Edgy Release Notes.