Ubuntu 10.10 Alpha 3 Released

If you missed the news yesterday, Ubuntu 10.10 Alpha 3 was released. As of this stage, there are a significant amount of new features in 10.10 compared to 10.04. For an overview, you should look at the list that OMG! Ubuntu! has compiled.

Ubuntu 10.10 Alpha 3 Cluttered Dual Screen

If you’ve been anxiously waiting to test Ubuntu 10.10, but need a stable system then this is not the time to upgrade.

If you’re not worried about a problem here or there on occasion and what to give 10.10 a spin, I would suggest you download the Alpha 3 torrent to install rather than doing a system upgrade from 10.04 to 10.10 (at least until the final is released).

If you’re still longing to upgrade your Ubuntu 10.04 directly, you can do so by the following:

  1. Press Alt+F2 to launch the Run Application dialog.
  2. Type update-manager -d and press enter.
  3. When the Update Manager appears, it should alert you of an upgrade to 10.10. Do so at your own risk!

Also, as always, if you’re already running Ubuntu 10.10 whether its Alpha 1 or Alpha 2, applying all updates via Update Manager will give you all of the changes that are to be found in Alpha 3. Continuing this until the final is released will update you to a final version. There’s always confusion from some about this, but updating does indeed keep your system using the latest and greatest!

As of Alpha 3, we’ve still seen no signs of the Windicators that Mark has promised, but the indicator-applets for the GNOME panels are coming along very nicely and adding a great deal of ease and consistency.

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