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Breezy Badger Rolls Out of Ubuntu

What comes after a Hoary Hedgehog? If you're Ubuntu Linux, it's a Breezy Badger.

Ubuntu Linux 5.10 is now available and includes a number of enhancements that improve installation, networking and server support, including the Linux kernel and GNOME 2.12.1, among the usual suspects.

The release, code-named Breezy Badger, follows the April release of Hoary Hedgehog.

Ubuntu Linux is a Debian GNU/Linux-derived distribution sponsored by Canonical, which is owned by space tourist and South African Internet magnate Mark Shuttleworth.

Breezy Badger supports x86, PowerPC, AMD64 platforms and includes a live version, as well as a version specifically optimized for servers.

"As always, we've brought the latest and greatest of open source software together in Ubuntu and made it more accessible than ever," Ubuntu CTO Matt Zimmerman told internetnews.com.

"We've put a lot of effort into providing for translations of Ubuntu, adding a new tool to make it easy to install support for multiple languages and providing direct access to our Web-based translation tool, Rosetta, from the Help menu of many applications on the desktop.

"We've polished up the boot process with a graphical splash screen and progress bar, and vastly improved out-of-the-box support for laptops," Zimmerman added.

So what's thinner, a badger or a hedgehog? If you guessed a badger you'd be right, (in the case of Ubuntu 5.10 at least), as the distro integrates thin-client capabilities.

Thin clients boot their operating systems remotely from a server. According to Ubuntu its OS management tools will work for both the server and the thin client. Ubuntu is making use of the Linux Terminal Server Project (LTSP) to make the Badger a thin beast.

LTSP's Jim McQuillan wrote on the LTSP site that there are some differences between Ubuntu's implementation of LTSP and the current version LTSP 4.1.1.

"But we have worked very closely with the Ubuntu team to help ensure that it works very well, and I must say that I'm very impressed with the results," McQuillan wrote.

Installer support for OEMs has also been added to Ubuntu with this new release. According to the company, "Ubuntu can be pre-installed and tested without configuring end-user information. The user will be asked to complete that configuration (name, timezone and password) upon first startup."

HP is among the OEM vendors that reportedly ships notebooks pre-loaded with Ubuntu, in South Africa and parts of EMEA at least.

Though Ubuntu is arguably the most popular Debian-based distribution, it is not part of the nascent DCC Alliance, which was originally called the Debian Common Core Alliance.

"We have chosen not to participate in the DCC Alliance for the simple reason that we do not believe it will be successful," Zimmerman said. "We would prefer to devote our finite resources to pursuing our existing goals with Ubuntu, as we remain confident that this is our most effective way to contribute to the success of free software."

A spokesperson for the DCCA was unavailable for comment by press time.