After the delay, Canonical and the Ubuntu development team released second alpha version of Ubuntu 11.10, code-named “Oneiric Ocelot”. It has been brought up with some new changes which is to be introduced in the final version of  Ubuntu 11.10,  supposed to be released on this October.

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One of the most notable change in this Alpha version is the use of LightDM instead of GDM , accompanied by a variety of mind blowing themes. The main advantage of   LightDM over GDM is  that it is very light weight and much faster. Oneiric Ocelot Alpha 2 version is based on the upcoming version 3.0 (rc5) Linux kernel and ships with GNOME 3.0 desktop, with the latest development build of Unity atop .

Synaptic Package Manager has been removed from this Alpha version. The new Alpha version is facilitated with latest Firefox 5 and Thunderbird 5. The default Ubuntu GTK themes have been updated to GTK3 , along with new improvements to overlay scroll bar.

Kate Stewart, who made the announcement, stated that this  release is meant for testing and fixing the bugs, and is not recommended for normal users. “Pre-releases of Oneiric Ocelot 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 developers and those who want to help in testing, reporting, and fixing bugs.

Users testing the release are requested to provide their feedback and to report any bugs that they find.

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