The Ubuntu release team has announced that there has been some minor changes in the release schedule for version 11.04 (Natty Narwhal). According to the original plan, the final release was supposed to be preceded by a Release Candidate on April 21. This is no longer the case.

The Release Candidate has been dropped and a second beta version has been added, scheduled for April 14. These changes was made since the proposed date of April 21 for the Release Candidate happens to crash with Easter. A lot of the developers developers and testers will not be working during this holiday period.

Dear Developers,

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.

Natty Beta 2 will be on April 14th, 2011.

If you anticipate any problems due to this change, please let us know.

Thanks,

Kate Stewart
on behalf of Ubuntu release team

The date for the final version of Ubuntu 11.04 remains unchanged. Here are the current release dates after the change:

  • Alpha 3, March 3
  • Beta 1, March 31
  • Beta 2, April 14
  • Final version, April 28

(via DatorMagazin)