Ubuntu announced yesterday that the first RC of the latest version of their amazing Linux distribution is available.
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.
I have been using the beta version and have had few if any complaints. One of the coolest things added to this version is the handy-dandy deskbar applet. The deskbar sits in one of your panels and allows you to do really fast web searches, execute commands, and other stuff that I’m sure I haven’t figured out. It looks like it uses your Firefox search plugins to do the web search, so you have many to choose from. This web site has more info on the features available.