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Canonical Releases Ubuntu 11.10 Alpha 2

Commercial Ubuntu distributor Canonical has released the second alpha version of the Ubuntu 11.10 ‘Oneiric Ocelot’ for testing.

The upcoming Ubuntu platform comes with the new Linux Kernel 3.0 and the controversial Unity Desktop platform replacing the good old Gnome desktop. However, users can switch to Gnome 3 desktop if they want to.

In the new OS, the Gnome Display Manager has been replaced by the LightDM platform as the display and login screen manager, Tech Eye informs, while the Déjà Dup back-up tool comes with the operating system.

Another major change in Ubuntu is that the Evolution email client will be replaced by Mozilla Thunderbird. Speaking of Mozilla, Canonical had planned to replace the Firefox browser as the default web browser in Ubuntu with Google Chrome, a move which will take effect in a matter of years.

The alpha version also comes with Firefox 5, VLC Media Player version 1.1.10 and Mesa 7.11 as some of the pre-installed tools.

Canonical plans to release another alpha version for developers and early adopters, followed by two beta versions before it actually releases the software for the general public.