Ubuntu 11.04 Alpha 1 Released: Time To Test!

I have talked before how important the Natty cycle is for Ubuntu, particularly with the move to Unity on the desktop. This is an important cycle for us to pull together and hammer on Unity and make sure that all bugs are (a) logged, (b) triaged, and (c) fixed. Fortunately everyone can help with either (a), (b), or (c).

Today we released Ubuntu 11.04 Alpha 1. For those of you unfamiliar with Alpha releases, they are very early snapshots of the new version of Ubuntu as it matures. This first alpha is the first to have Unity switched on by default, and as such now it is ripe for testing, triaging and fixing. As with every Alpha, remember this is in-development software and is not production ready, but it is an ideal time for testing and reporting bugs so we can make sure that we see steady progress as it matures.

Fortunately this is really easy, and you can test with no risk to your current stable installation of Ubuntu (or whatever other Operating System you have installed), and instead run Ubuntu 11.04 live form a USB keyring. I wrote instructions on how to do this here. You should then report bugs you find, and instructions for that are here.

If you good folks can install Alpha 1 to your USB stick and test it and report bugs, that would be an awesome contribution! In addition to this, Jorge will be announcing very soon our Bitesize Bugs campaign to highlight simple bugs that those of you with a coding streak can contribute to fixing. All in all, lots of fun ahead in this cycle! :-)

So, in summary:

  1. Download Ubuntu 11.04 Alpha 1
  2. Install to your USB stick and report bugs!
  3. Report bugs!
  4. Rock and roll!


  • http://manndtp.com Michael Mann

    Download the torrent to test the new alpha release.

  • http://twitter.com/vineethjose Vineeth Jose

    what is new ?

  • Evan

    What’s the difference between the ‘Bitesized Bugs’ campaign, and the Papercuts campaign? It looks to me like they significantly overlap…

  • john

    I want Unity on my Fedora and Debian boxes!!!!

  • http://zeeis.me zee

    Bro this was released long back.. almost a week since i am running this on my comp! i posted this->http://zeeis.me/upgrade-to-ubuntu-11-04/ when i upgraded to 11.04

  • http://www.darkredman.fr/ DarkRedman

    I’ve just tested it, but what changed ?!

  • http://halooglasi.com vector

    Quite useful article… But, where is the difference between them?

  • Jimmy

    I’d love to contribute, but using a Sony Vaio I bought this year was apparently not possible. The ATI card require restricted drivers to run Unity. The restricted could not install while running from USB-stick. So I’m out. :/

  • http://www.techbrim.blogspot.com Arun Kalarathnam

    Natty Narwal is yet another ubuntu improtant to ubuntu world. But i think the alpha version ahs got several bugs. I found that it doesnit shut down on my machine. Got some machine dependent problems . . . To know more about Natty Narwhal http://techbrim.blogspot.com/2010/12/ubuntu-1104.html

  • Michelle Duporque

    Installed to USB Stick, booted and greeted by message “No 3D support…”. Proprietary driver can be downloaded and installed, boot required – and it’s lost. Obviously.

    A pity!

  • Kai Hakansson

    Upgraded Ubuntu 10.04 to 10.10 and the installation ended OK and confirmed that 10.10 is now installed. Rebooted and it looked just fine but after running 1 day I clicked at system and looked into “about Ubuntu” and it says I’m running Ubuntu 11.04! How could this happen and can I back to 10.10?