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.
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.