Beta Releases: Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala
Article by George Norman
On 02 Oct 2009
Great news for the Linux fan out there: Ubuntu 9.0, codename Karmic Koala, has moved past the Alpha stage in its development process and into Beta. Ubuntu 9.10 Beta has been made available for download as of the 1st of October 2009, jut as scheduled. The next step is Ubuntu 9.10 Release Candidate, which is scheduled for the 22nd of October and Ubuntu 9.10 Final, which is scheduled for the 29th of October.

“The Ubuntu developers are moving quickly to bring you the latest and greatest software the Open Source Community has to offer. This is the Ubuntu 9.10 beta release, which brings a host of exciting new features. Note: This is a beta release. Do not install it on production machines. The final stable version will be released on October 29th, 2009,” commented Canonical.


Here’s what’s changed in Ubuntu 9.10, compared to the previous version Ubuntu 9.04 Jaunty Jackalope:

- To improve boot performance, Canonical has transitioned to Upstart.
- Improved look and feel of the boot up process. The operating system boots up faster (about 20 seconds) and the old animation has been replaced by xsplah (see here – YouTube link).
- Ubuntu Software Center replaces Add/Remove in the Applications menu.
- Gnome 2.28 desktop environment
- Pidgin has been replaced by the Empathy instant messaging client.
- Seamless application development with Quickly. Developers can come up with new Ubuntu applications and share these apps with other Ubuntu users via .deb packages or personal package archives.
- Images for common use on Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud (UEC) and Amazon's EC2
- Ubuntu One: service that provides Linux users Cloud synchronization functionality.
- Linux kernel 2.6.31
- New Intel video driver architecture
- By default, Ubuntu 9.10 Beta uses the ext4 filesystem and the GRUB 2 boot loader
- Improved iSCSI installation process
- AppArmor with better parser which gives it faster initialization on boot speeds.
- Several new profiles have been added.
- AppArmor integration in Libvirt when using KVM or QEMU
- Uncomplicated Firewall with support for filtering by interface and egress filtering when using the ufw command
- Enhanced module loading blocking
- More applications were built as Position-Independent Executables (PIE)

If you would like to get Ubuntu 9.10 Beta, a download location is available here.

Tags: Linux, Ubuntu 9.10, Karmic Koala
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