La versione alpha è la versione di sviluppo di Ubuntu, che diventerà in seguito stabile.
Quindi non utilizzatela per un uso quotidiano, in quanto potenzialmente soggetta a bug critici che potrebbero portare anche alla perdita di dati.
Inoltre vi segnalo che è possibile testare le varie immagini ISO, facendo dei test case, segnalando eventuali bug, come descritto nelle varie pagine del Gruppo Test .
Qui c’è l’annuncio:
Welcome to Natty Narwhal Alpha 2, which will in time become Ubuntu
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/ubuntustudio/releases/natty/alpha-2/ (Ubuntu Studio)
http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/edubuntu/releases/natty/alpha-2/ (Edubuntu DVD)
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
Bug reports should go to the Ubuntu bug tracker:
on behalf of the Ubuntu release team