Ubuntu Dapper Drake Released

by Jeremy Jones

Ubuntu announced today the release of Ubuntu 6.06 LTS (Long Term Support). This release has been referred to as "Dapper Drake" during its development cycle. The name "LTS" sums up some of the differences between this release of Ubuntu and previous releases. One of the driving goals for this release has been to get Ubuntu ready for deployment into the enterprise. That includes ease of install and use, automatic hardware recognition and configuration, and support.

The download options seem a little different this time. Here is an example mirror to a download page. The options are "Desktop CD", "Server install CD", and "Alternate install CD". The "Desktop CD" looks like what was formerly referred to as the "Live CD". The description for the "Desktop CD" says

The desktop CD allows you to try Ubuntu without changing your computer at all, and at your option to install it permanently later. This type of CD is what most people will want to use. You will need at least 192MB of RAM to install from this CD.

The description for the "Server install CD" says

The server install CD allows you to install Ubuntu permanently on a computer.

And the description for the "Alternate install CD" says

The alternate install CD allows you to perform certain specialist installations of Ubuntu. It provides for the following situations:

* creating pre-configured OEM systems;
* setting up automated deployments;
* upgrading from older installations without network access;
* LVM and/or RAID partitioning;
* installs on systems with less than about 192MB of RAM.

I just updated my already-installed-from-Dapper-Flight-7-and-daily-updated-system this morning and only had two updates, so I don't think a reinstall of Dapper would buy me much. I may install this final release just for fun and to see how smoothly it runs. But so far, this has been the best OS install of my life. I would highly recommend Ubuntu to newbies and veterans alike.