Ubuntu 10.04 Beta 1 released and Download links included

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The Ubuntu developers are moving quickly to bring you the latest and greatest software the Open Source community has to offer. This is the first Ubuntu 10.04 beta release, which brings a host of exciting new features.

Note: This is a beta release. Do not install it on production machines. The final stable version will be released on April 29, 2010.

Upgrading from Ubuntu 9.10 or Ubuntu 8.04 LTS

To upgrade from Ubuntu 9.10 on a desktop system, press Alt+F2 and type in "update-manager -d" (without the quotes) into the command box. Update Manager should open up and tell you: New distribution release ‘10.04' is available. Click Upgrade and follow the on-screen instructions.

To upgrade from Ubuntu 9.10 on a server system: install the update-manager-core package if it is not already installed; edit /etc/update-manager/release-upgrades and set Prompt=normal; launch the upgrade tool with the command sudo do-release-upgrade -d; and follow the on-screen instructions.

To upgrade from Ubuntu 8.04 LTS on a server system: follow the same instructions as for Ubuntu 9.10, but set Prompt=lts instead of Prompt=normal.


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New Features in Ubuntu 10.04 Beta 1


Ubuntu 10.04 Beta 1 includes the latest GNOME desktop environment with a number of great new features.


Default search engine has been changed to Yahoo! The default Home Page will use either Google or Yahoo! depending on user setting.

Linux kernel 2.6.32

Ubuntu 10.04 Beta 1 includes the 2.6.32-16.25 kernel based on

KDE SC 4.4

Kubuntu 10.04 Beta 1 features the new KDE SC 4.4. For more information about new features in Kubuntu, see the Kubuntu technical overview.

HAL removal

This beta sports full removal of HAL from the boot process, making Ubuntu faster to boot and faster to resume from suspend.

Major new version of likewise-open

The likewise-open package, which provides Active Directory authentication and server support for Linux, has been updated to version 5.4. The package supports upgrades from both the officially supported versions 4.0 (Ubuntu 8.04 LTS) and 4.1 (Ubuntu 9.10), as well as the likewise-open5 packages from universe.

Since this upgrade involves a lot of configuration file changes and in-place database upgrades, testing and feedback is appreciated.

New default open source driver for nVidia hardware

The Nouveau video driver is now the default for nVidia hardware. This driver provides kernel mode setting, which will give improved resolution detection. This driver provides hardware accelerated 2D functionality, like the -nv driver it replaces. The nouveau driver is being actively developed upstream and we anticipate this will enable faster bug fixes for problems encountered.

Improved support for nVidia proprietary graphics drivers

Three different NVIDIA proprietary drivers are currently available: nvidia-current (190.53), nvidia-173, and nvidia-96. Thanks to a new alternatives system, it is now possible to install all three of these packages at the same time (although it is only possible to have one configured for use at a time).

Social from the Start

We now feature built-in integration with Twitter, identi.ca, Facebook, and other social networks with the MeMenu in the panel, which is built upon the Gwibber project, which has a completely new, more reliable backend built on top of desktopcouch. Gwibber now also supports a multi-column view for monitoring multiple feeds simultaneously.

New boot experience

Multiple changes to look, feel and speed of the boot experience have been included in the Ubuntu 10.04 LTS beta.

New Indicators

The notification area now features more consistent user experience and design for communication, session management, and many other tasks.

New Themes

The desktop has been beautified with the addition of two brand new themes, Ambiance and Radiance. New wallpaper and icons are also included.

Ubuntu One File Syncing

Select any folder in your home directory for sync, pick from your existing contacts when sharing folders. An updated preferences application has been added, with more features.

Ubuntu One Music Store

Millions of songs are available for purchase from your Ubuntu desktop, integrated with the Rhythmbox Music Player and using Ubuntu One cloud storage for backup and easy sync. Watch http://one.ubuntu.com/blog for the public beta launch.

New features for Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud (UEC)

The Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud installer has been vastly improved in order to support alternative installation topologies. UEC components are now automatically discovered and registered, including for complex topologies. Finally, UEC is now powered by Eucalyptus 1.6.2 codebase.

Security Issue when upgrading from Lucid Alpha 2

If you installed Lucid prior to Alpha 3, you may have libmysqlclient16 7.0.9-1 installed. This package was present in the Ubuntu archive by mistake and was retracted, but because it has a later version number than the real libmysqlclient16 package, the real package will not be installed automatically on upgrade. To ensure that you have the official package installed on your Lucid system and will receive security support for it throughout Ubuntu 10.04 LTS, it is important that you run sudo apt-get install libmysqlclient16/lucid and follow the instructions.

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18 Responses

  1. johndart says:

    Cool! I tried this beta. It is beautifull and fast!

  2. Jerad says:

    Servers are getting pounded right now. Direct links to to the LiveCD Desktop torrents are here:


    Just click and wait a couple minutes, it will eventually download.

    Gotta love how the more popular a link is for a server the harder it is to get, but the more popular a link is for bittorrent the faster it downloads…

  3. joe12 says:

    i can not get it working any thoughts ??

  4. joe12 says:

    re Jerad
    i am all ready use alp3 ubuntu 10:04 i’ll wait until tom mow

  5. Jim says:

    I just did the upgrade from 9.10 64 bit and on reboot I get no menu taskbar at the top!! Can I get 9.10 back or the menu bar in 10.04 or do I now need to do a reinstall of 9.10?

  6. Golly! Can I try it? I mean, like, 9.10 was just so, like… groovy!

  7. Nollie says:

    Problem is solved. Both taskbars are back after update via recovery mode.

    Just put in terminal: sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade.

  8. firat says:

    Thanks a lot for posting. I did not have the slightest idea to solve that problem.

  9. joe12 says:

    i still can not get it to download
    can any-one help ??

  10. Misi says:

    I could not get my machine up in text-mode, as the screen went black in recovery/text mode boot.
    I managed to login in xterm-mode from the graphical login screen and run ‘sudo apt-get update’ and ‘sudo apt-get upgrade’ commands.
    I had to hook the laptop up on wired network before I got a connection.
    Hope this helps someone else.

  11. ajith says:

    small clarification ..
    if i installed the beta version of ubuntu 10.04, is it possible to upgrade to ubuntu 10.04 stable version after it released on april 29th ?

  12. firat says:

    @ Ajith

    Sure you can.

  13. NewToUbuntu says:

    I used the update-manager -d command to upgrade to the beta version. In the terminal window it said:

    WARNING: Failed to read mirror file

    It then proceeded to go through the update process. I was presented with a list of items that would be removed an installed. Next it proceeded to continue the upgrade process. I was then presented with a list of software packages that would not longer be supported by Canonical Ltd. It then continued with the process. Then this popped up:

    Error during commit
    ‘E:Couldn’t configure pre-depend openoffice.org-core for openoffice.org-filter-binfilter, probably a dependency problem’ Restoring original system state

    How can I upgrade? Thank you

  14. admin says:

    Remove openoffice.org-filter-binfilter package using the following command

    sudo apt-get remove openoffice.org-filter-binfilter

    After removing above package try to upgrade it should work

  15. NewToUbuntu says:

    Thank you. The upgrade worked beautifully. I appreciate your assistance.

  16. Brandon says:

    Upgrading 9.10 to 10.04

    Get’s to 99% of collecting packages then aborts upgrade with message – cannot read mirror file.

  17. takizo says:

    Just upgraded and it works well! Thanks.

  18. sdr says:

    I cannot change the login screen..(by downloading a tar.gz theme from the internet)… somehow the gdm config is not available ? Is their any other option to do the same ?

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