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Tux Machines (TM)-specific
The Ubuntu team is scheduled to release Ubuntu 6.10, codenamed Edgy Eft, today. After working with beta and release candidates over the last few weeks, I've found it to be a solid and usable upgrade for Dapper -- but not a particularly cutting-edge release.
The release is available as a live CD desktop installer for x86, AMD64, and PowerPC, and there's a server install CD for x86, PowerPC, AMD64, and UltraSPARC systems. For OEM systems, systems with less than 192MB of RAM, and other special cases, an alternate install CD is available for x86, PowerPC, and AMD64.
Installation of Ubuntu is easy enough. I've walked through the install on a few machines using the live CD installer for Ubuntu and Kubuntu, and installed Ubuntu server on VMware Server. In all cases, the installation was simple and worked without a glitch. Depending on the speed of your machine, installation should take between 20 minutes and an hour, with most of that time devoted to copying files in the background.