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Tux Machines (TM)-specific
Beta 2 was released six days ago. I installed it yesterday on a spare drive in my secondary desktop system to check it out. The test hardware is an HP rp5700 Core 2 Duo with 6GB RAM; I installed the 64-bit version of the beta.
Booting from the live CD is an immediate departure from previous versions of Ubuntu. Instead of seeing the familiar black splash screen with brown-and-orange Ubuntu logo, the new version shows a much more subtle new logo, which I like, on a dark purple screen, which I don’t. The purple looks like a misadjusted monitor trying to display black. But this is a minor quibble. When that finishes, instead of the boot options list of previous Ubuntu live CDs, you get an actual desktop and a window titled “Install,” with buttons to choose to install the system or run a live CD session.