Announcing release candidate for Ubuntu 6.06 LTS

The Ubuntu team is proud to announce the Releases Candidate of Ubuntu, Kubuntu and Edubuntu 6.06 LTS - codenamed “Dapper Drake”. The Release Candidate includes installable live Desktop CDs, server images, alternate text-mode installation CDs and an upgrade wizard for users of the current stable release.

We consider this release candidate complete, stable and suitable for testing by any user. We would especially recommend that current Ubuntu 5.10 (“Breezy Badger”) users and developers use the upgrade procedure described in the announcement. Ubuntu, Kubuntu and Edubuntu 6.06 LTS will be the first Ubuntu releases with long-term support: three years on the desktop, and five years on the server.

The purpose of the Release Candidate is to solicit one last round of testing before the final release. Please read the full announcement for download locations and upgrade information. Read more about the features available in this release here.

The final version of Ubuntu 6.06 LTS is expected to be released in June. At that time, we will mail pressed CDs free of charge to people who have made a request to the ShipIt service.

Feedback and Helping

If you would like to help shape Ubuntu, take a look at the list of ways you can participate. Your comments, bug reports, patches and suggestions will help turn this release candidate into the best release of Ubuntu ever. Please report bugs through the Launchpad bugtracker.

If you have a question, or if you think you may have found a bug but aren’t sure, first try asking on the #ubuntu IRC channel on FreeNode, on the Ubuntu Users mailing list, or on the Ubuntu forums.

More Information

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