The distribution includes the Linux Kernel 3.0 for the first time, even if Canonical goes its own way and lists the Kernel version as 3.0.0.
Ubuntu 11.10 alpha 3 includes Wi-Fi driver support for Realtek's RTL8192CU, RTL8188CU as well as RT53xx chipsets. The current alpha still integrates Gnome 3.1.4 while the final version is likely to get Gnome 3.2. Other new features include a new task manager for Canonical's Unity Shell, Thunderbird as new email client as well as a new version of the news client Gwibber.
Ubunto 11.10 alpha 3 is available for download for 32-bit and 64-bit systems as well as OMAP4 environments. Canonical intends to release two more beta versions for September 1 and 22. The final version of the distribution is scheduled for a October 13 release.