Ubuntu Natty Narwhal Alpha 2 Released Today

[Update: Post has been changed to reflect the Mailing List announcement and not the earlier Wiki Page Information]

Alpha 2 for Ubuntu 11.04, Natty Narwhal was released today and as with any releases still in development comes with all the usual developers only warnings.

Having said that below is the Ubuntu Natty Narwhal Alpha 2 Release Announcement which Kate Stewart, Ubuntu Release Manager at Canonical, sent to the ubuntu-devel announce mailing list today.

Welcome to Natty Narwhal Alpha 2, which will in time become Ubuntu 11.04.

Pre-releases of Natty are *not* encouraged for anyone needing a stable system or anyone who is not comfortable running into occasional, even frequent breakage. They are, however, recommended for Ubuntu developers and those who want to help in testing, reporting, and fixing bugs.

Alpha 2 is the second in a series of milestone CD images that will be released throughout the Natty development cycle. New packages showing up for the first time include:

* LibreOffice 3.3 (has replaced OpenOffice.org 3.2)
* X.org Server 1.10 and Mesa 7.10
* Linux Kernel 2.6.38-rc2.

Unity is now the default in the Ubuntu Desktop session. It is only partially implemented at this stage, so keep an eye on the daily builds, new features and bug fixes are emerging daily!

Alpha 2 includes a number of software updates that are ready for wider testing. Please refer to http://www.ubuntu.com/testing/natty/alpha2 for more detailed information on the new features and known issues with this development release of Natty.

You can download Alpha 2 ISOs here:

http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/releases/natty/alpha-2/ (Ubuntu Desktop and Server)

http://uec-images.ubuntu.com/releases/natty/alpha-2/ (Ubuntu Server for UEC and EC2)

http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/ubuntu-netbook/releases/natty/alpha-2/ (Ubuntu Netbook ARM)

http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/kubuntu/releases/natty/alpha-2/ (Kubuntu)

http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/xubuntu/releases/natty/alpha-2/ (Xubuntu)

http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/ubuntustudio/releases/natty/alpha-2/ (Ubuntu Studio)

http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/edubuntu/releases/natty/alpha-2/ (Edubuntu DVD)

http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/mythbuntu/releases/natty/alpha-2/ (Mythbuntu)

This is quite an early set of images, so you should expect some bugs. For a list of known bugs (that you don't need to report if you encounter), please


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


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.


Bug reports should go to the Ubuntu bug tracker:



More information can also be found on the Natty Narwhal Alpha 2 Release wiki.

For more info on how you can download, use, participate and contribute to Ubuntu, visit:http://www.ubuntu.com/community/participate.

Questions, Comments suggestions can be sent to Amber at: amber [AT] ubuntu-user.com.



Natty Narwhal Alpha 2 Release

Jonathan, I used the wiki information in good faith. However, I have since been in contact personally with Kate Stewart about which information should be used going forward. I have apologized for posting this based on the release time-line and the wiki information that was available.

Thanks bringing this to my attention.

Please don't jump the gun

The alpha is not released yet, by saying it is, users will flood mirrors and make it harder for people who have to do last-minute testing and preparations to actually administer the release.

Follow along as Ubuntu enthusiast and Community organizer Amber Graner helps put the "You" in Ubuntu.

Amber Graner is an active Ubuntu community member and organizer who encourages everyone around her to participate, support, and learn about Ubuntu and Open Source. With a smile and a sense of humor, Amber reminds people that there is a place for everyone in the Ubuntu community – regardless of technical skill level (or lack thereof). She is constantly looking for people, places, and events within the Ubuntu community that help inspire Ubuntu users to participate actively within the Ubuntu community. Email Amber at amber AT ubuntu-user DOT com.


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