Posts Tagged ‘karmic koala’

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
  • 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.