The release of Ubuntu 8.10 Intrepid Ibex is getting closer with the release of the 8.10 RC.

DistroWatch.com reports that the release candidate for Ubuntu 8.10 “Intrepid Ibex” is out:

"The Ubuntu team is pleased to announce the Release Candidate for Ubuntu 8.10 Desktop and Server. We consider this release candidate to be complete, stable, and suitable for testing by any user. Ubuntu 8.10 Desktop edition delivers the features you need for an increasingly mobile digital life, including 3G wireless support and guest sessions that lets users temporarily share computers without compromising security. Ubuntu 8.10 Server edition consolidates its support for virtualization with an integrated Virtual Machine builder, and brings with it a fully-supported Java stack and support for per-user directory encryption."

Read the release announcement and release notes for more information.

Download (MD5): ubuntu-8.10-rc-desktop-i386.iso (698MB, torrent), ubuntu-8.10-rc-desktop-amd64.iso (698MB, torrent).

Also available are 8.10 RC CD images for Kubuntu (download, release notes), Xubuntu (download, release notes), Ubuntu Studio (download) and Mythbuntu (download).

You can read more of my Ubuntu-posts here: http://phun-ky.net/search/intrepid.

If you’re interested in a first impression of Intrepid Ibex, you can read this excellent review from LifeHacker.com.

NOTE: The image used in this article is from the incoming current artwork cycle, it’s not certain that the theme displayed is implemented in the final 8.10 release.