The upcoming long term support release of Ubuntu is almost here, Today, Ubuntu teams officially announced the Beta 1 freeze for Xubuntu, Kubuntu, Lubuntu, Ubuntu Studio and Ubuntu Gnome. Check beta 1 highlights and download links down below.
Beta 1 freeze means no more new features to be added in these releases, in the mean time these release will receive bug fixes for current packages only. Check feature freeze for further information.
Ubuntu’s 14.04 LTS Beta 1 Flavors Highlights | “Trusty Tahr”
Ubuntu Gnome 14.04 LTS Beta 1
- Gnome-shell 3.10 is now included.
- Many apps have now been updated to GNOME 3.10.
- gnome-weather, gnome-maps, gnome-photos and gnome-music are all available to install from the archives.
- GNOME Classic session is included. To try it, choose it from the Sessions option on the login screen.
- Ubuntu Gnome 14.04 LTS Beta 1 Release Notes.
Kubuntu 14.04 LTS Beta 1
- KDE Applications 4.12.2 suite has received many bug fixes.
- Mozilla Firefox 27 web browser comes pre-installed as the default web browser for Kubuntu 14.04 LTS.
- Several improvements to the new software store for Kubuntu 14.04 LTS “Muon Discver 2.2 Alpha 1”.
- A new driver manager, it allows you to select between multiple supported drivers if available.
- You can now install plugins on-demand from the Gwenview image viewer for KDE.
- Touchpad configuration tools brings many new features and improvements to set the touchpad in a proper way for your usage.
- Plasma Network Manager 0.9.3.3 comes with a new simple design and includes many options for controlling your connections.
- USB creator received some bug fixes.
- KDE Connect 0.5 allows you to receive notifications for incoming calls and messages on your Android phone.
- Kubuntu 14.04 LTS Beta 1 Release Notes.
Xubuntu 14.04 LTS Beta 1
- Light Locker replaces xscreensaver for screen locking, a setting editing GUI is included.
- The panel layout is updated, and now uses Whiskermenu as the default menu.
- Mugshot is included to allow you to easily edit your personal preferences.
- MenuLibre for menu editing, with full Xfce support, replacing Alacarte.
- A community wallpapers package, which includes work from the five winners of the wallpaper contest.
- GTK Theme Config to customize your desktop theme colors.
- Updated artwork, including numerous enhancements to themes.
- Xubuntu 14.04 LTS Beta 1 Release Notes.
Lubuntu 14.04 LTS Beta 1
- New pcmanfm (1.2.0 version), with a lot of new features (folder settings, dual pane view, menu editing).
- New lxsession-default-apps with a new user interface.
- An update of the artwork (new icons, theme update, more compatibilities …).
- Lubuntu 14.04 LTS Beta 1 Release Notes.
Edubuntu and Ubuntu Kylin release notes have not updated yet. We will keep you posted when the official website update it.
Download Ubuntu’s 14.04 LTS Beta 1 Flavors
[note]These releases are For Testing Purposes ONLY[/note]
The development release of Ubuntu desktop 14.04 LTS “Beta 2” along with the other flavors are scheduled to be released in March 27th, 2014.
And the final release of Ubuntu 14.04 LTS “Trusty Tahr” desktop and its flavors are scheduled to be released in April 17th, 2014. Check Trusty Tahr relase schedule Here.