Ubuntu release team, through Kate Stewart, announced today (February 11th) that the release schedule for the upcoming Ubuntu 11.04 (Natty Narwhal) operating system has been changed. Therefore, there will be no Release Candidate version! It was replaced with a Beta 2 release, scheduled for April 14th, 2011.
Ubuntu 11.04 will have 3 Alpha releases and two Betas. Ubuntu 11.04 is dubbed Natty Narwhal, it will be the fourteen release of the Ubuntu operating system, and it will see the light of day on April 28th, 2011.
"After reviewing the plans at the end of this release, it was felt that a release candidate release on April 21st showing up just before the easter holiday would be a bit late."
"After discussing this with the key stakeholders and not getting any negative feedback from them or in the weekly release meetings, we're going to go ahead and add a Beta 2 for this release, and drop the Release Candidate from the Natty Schedule." - said Kate Stewart in the announcement.
This is the new release schedule for the upcoming Ubuntu 11.04 (Natty Narwhal) operating system:
December 2nd, 2010 - Alpha 1 release
February 3rd, 2011 - Alpha 2 release
March 3rd, 2011 - Alpha 3 release
March 31st, 2011 - Beta 1 release
April 14th, 2011 - Beta 2 release
April 28th, 2011 - Final release of Ubuntu 11.04
As you can see, there is no Release Candidate version anymore, and the final release date was not affected. The third and last Alpha version of Ubuntu 11.04 will be available for testing on March 3rd, 2011. As usual, Softpedia will do a full coverage of the Ubuntu 11.04 development cycle.
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