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Dapper beta due tomorrow (well, today)

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Ubuntu Dapper Drake, originally set for release Wednesday 20 April until it was postponed to 1 June, will instead be released as a beta tomorrow. Tectonic has a look at what to expect from the world's most popular desktop Linux distribution.

The first change is the combination of the live CD and install CD. Not only does this cut down on downloading both CDs, it also introduces the first graphical installer for Ubuntu - Espresso. We've already seen Espresso in action on Impi Linux, and it really makes a big difference to the user's install experience. The seven-step procedure is much simpler, easier on the eye, and has a feeling of professionalism and polish. With this distribution aimed at the corporate desktop market as well as the consumer, the Dapper developers certainly met their brief with this simple decision.

The latest Gnome, version 2.14, is included with the current testing version and obviously will be the desktop of both the beta and final products.

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Mark Shuttleworth has announced the name of the next version of Ubuntu, Edgy Eft, which is expected to be full of leading-edge features. To help the process along, Shuttleworth has also been hard at work on Blueprint, a feature development tracker that is part of Ubuntu's Launchpad web site.

An eft is a type of newt - or to be more precise, the name given to the Eastern Newt (also called the Red Spotted Newt) during its second life-cycle stage when it lives on land.

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