Artful Aardvark Beta 1 Released!

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Artful Aardvark Beta 1 Released!

Martin Wimpress-2
The first beta of the Artful Aardvark (to become 17.10) has now been released!

This milestone features images for Kubuntu, Lubuntu, Ubuntu Budgie,
Ubuntu Kylin, Ubuntu MATE, Ubuntu Studio and Xubuntu.

Pre-releases of the Artful Aardvark are *not* encouraged for anyone
needing a stable system or anyone who is not comfortable running into
occasional, even frequent breakage. They are, however, recommended for
Ubuntu flavor developers and those who want to help in testing,
reporting, and fixing bugs as we work towards getting this release
ready.

Beta 1 includes a number of software updates that are ready for wider
testing. This is still an early set of images, so you should expect
some bugs.

While these Beta 1 images have been tested and work, except as noted
in the release notes, Ubuntu developers are continuing to improve the
Artful Aardvark. In particular, once newer daily images are available,
system installation bugs identified in the Beta 1 installer should be
verified against the current daily image before being reported in
Launchpad. Using an obsolete image to re-report bugs that have already
been fixed wastes your time and the time of developers who are busy
trying to make 17.10 the best Ubuntu release yet. Always ensure your
system is up to date before reporting bugs.


Kubuntu:
  Kubuntu is the KDE based flavor of Ubuntu. It uses the Plasma desktop
  and includes a wide selection of tools from the KDE project.

  The Kubuntu 17.10 Beta 1 images can be downloaded from:

    * http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/kubuntu/releases/artful/beta-1/

  More information about Kubuntu 17.10 Beta 1 can be found here:

    * https://wiki.ubuntu.com/ArtfulAardvark/Beta1/Kubuntu


Lubuntu:
  Lubuntu is a flavor of Ubuntu based on LXDE and focused on providing
  a very lightweight distribution.

  The Lubuntu 17.10 Beta 1 images can be downloaded from:

    * http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/lubuntu/releases/artful/beta-1/

  More information about Lubuntu 17.10 Beta 1 can be found here:

    * https://wiki.ubuntu.com/ArtfulAardvark/Beta1/Lubuntu


Ubuntu Budgie:
  Ubuntu Budgie is a flavor of Ubuntu featuring the Budgie desktop environment.

  The Ubuntu Budgie 17.10 Beta 1 images can be downloaded from:

    * http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/ubuntu-budgie/releases/artful/beta-1/

  More information about Ubuntu Budgie 17.10 Beta 1 can be found here:

    * https://wiki.ubuntu.com/ArtfulAardvark/Beta1/UbuntuBudgie


Ubuntu Kylin:
  Ubuntu Kylin is a flavor of Ubuntu that is more suitable for
  Chinese users.

  The Ubuntu Kylin 17.10 Beta 1 images can be downloaded from:

    * http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/ubuntukylin/releases/artful/beta-1/

  More information about Ubuntu Kylin 17.10 Beta 1 can be found here:

    * https://wiki.ubuntu.com/ArtfulAardvark/Beta1/UbuntuKylin


Ubuntu MATE:
  Ubuntu MATE is a flavor of Ubuntu based on the MATE desktop environment
  for people who just want to get stuff done.

  The Ubuntu MATE 17.10 Beta 1 images can be downloaded from:

    * https://ubuntu-mate.org/download/

  More information about Ubuntu MATE 17.10 Beta 1 can be found here:

    * https://ubuntu-mate.org/blog/ubuntu-mate-artful-beta1/


Ubuntu Studio:
  Ubuntu Studio is a flavor of Ubuntu configured for multimedia
  production.

  The Ubuntu Studio 17.10 Beta 1 images can be downloaded from:

    * http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/ubuntustudio/releases/artful/beta-1/

  More information about Ubuntu Studio 17.10 Beta 1 can be found here:

    * https://wiki.ubuntu.com/ArtfulAardvark/Beta1/UbuntuStudio


Xubuntu:
  Xubuntu is a flavor of Ubuntu based on the Xfce desktop environment.

  The Xubuntu 17.10 Beta 1 images can be downloaded from:

    * http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/xubuntu/releases/artful/beta-1/

  More information about Xubuntu 17.10 Beta 1 can be found here:

    * https://wiki.xubuntu.org/releases/17.10/release-notes


If you're interested in following the changes as we further develop
the Artful Aardvark, we suggest that you subscribe to the
ubuntu-devel-announce list. This is a low-traffic list (a few posts a
month or less) carrying announcements of approved specifications,
policy changes, alpha releases, and
other interesting events.

  * http://lists.ubuntu.com/mailman/listinfo/ubuntu-devel-announce

A big thank you to the developers and testers for their efforts to
pull together this Beta release!

On behalf of the Ubuntu Release Team,

Martin Wimpress.

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