Ubuntu 9.10 released

The awaited Ubuntu version 9.10 aka Karmic Koala is released today.

It is available for download here.

Some of the notable changes are:

  • Linux kernel 2.6.31
  • GNOME 2.28
  • Mozilla Firefox 3.5
  • OpenOffice.org 3.1.1
  • Empathy Instant Messenger replacing Pidgin for instant messaging tasks
  • Ubuntu One client for the Ubuntu One, personal cloud platform that provides 2GB of storage to keep you files, notes and contacts
  • Ubuntu Software Center is the new graphical utility for package management which replaces the traditional GNOME Add/Remove tool

Also there are some important feature changes like:

  • ext4 is the new default filesystem used for new installations
  • GRUB2 is the new default boot loader for new installations
  • Upstart is the new startup mechanism that replaces the venerable System-V init

These features seem to  help achieve faster boot times.

The Ubuntu variants Kubuntu, Xubuntu, Edubuntu, Mythbuntu, and Ubuntu Studio are also updated to version 9.10

Release Notes contains a list of known problems with this new release but there is no show stopper so far.

See here for some screenshots.

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2 responses to this post.

  1. 40 second till seeing full desktop. Amazing boot time

    Ubuntu Software Center rocks for newbies like me (who are struggling to find and install packages)

    I hit couple of bugs but not affecting my daily activity.

    The only thing I miss is minimum memory consumption of Google Chrome. To be honest going back to our old love Firefox is not very good.

    Thanks for summarizing.

  2. Posted by yasin saygılı on 04/11/2009 at 18:56

    me too, i like that also
    it is good distribtion
    thanks for article

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